From Jonathan Williams, Jr.
ALS: American Philosophical Society
Nantes Jan [21?,11] 1777
Dear and honored Sir
The inclosed is for the Deputies.12
Altho’ I can say nothing in alteration of what I have written to the Deputies about Mr. P,1 yet I confess it creates an uneasy Reflection, for I hope it is no part of my Disposition to speak ill of another with pleasure; but I beg it may be understood as the Opinion others and not mine, for in that I shall be justified by all I have heard speak of him at Nantes, of myself I have no right to Judge. I am dear Sir most dutifully yours
Addressed: A Monsieur / Monsieur Franklin LLD. / a l’Hotel d’Hambourg / Rue Jacob / a / Paris.
Notation: J. Williams Jan. 77.
11. JW’s heading is in another ink, which suggests that it was added later. The suggestion is strengthened by the way he wrote the date: it was originally “Jan 27. 1778,” and he then substituted for the digits “1777.” Nantes on the 27th is impossible; he left for Paimboeuf the day before. The earliest possible date is the 21st, when Mauduit du Plessis arrived.
12. His letter to the commissioners above of Jan. 21 or, if he was writing a few days later, that of the 23rd.
1. About Penet in his letter above of Jan. 18.