Benjamin Franklin Papers

To Benjamin Franklin from Jonathan Williams, Jr., 25 January 1777

From Jonathan Williams, Jr.

ALS: American Philosophical Society

Nantes Jan. 25. 1777

Dear and honored Sir.

I write the inclosed in haste as I have many things to see ready in order that I may get to the Ship tomorrow. I have got a difficult Task to go through but I will acquit myself as well as I can and hope (obeying orders) you will not think my Conduct too rigourous. I am Your dutifull and Affectionate Kinsman

J Williams

I have not time to answer Mr. Alexanders Letter now.5

I am treated here with as much Respect as if I were the Nephew of a prince. So much is your name respected that I hear the Ladies of Nantes are about making an addition to their heads in imitation of your Hair Cap, which they intend to call a la Franklin.6

Addressed: A Monsieur / Monsieur Franklin LLD / Hotel de Hambourg / Rue Jacob / a Paris.

Notation: J. Williams 25 Jany. 77.

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

5He had trouble in answering; see his letter to BF below, Feb. 16.

6See the note on BF to Hewson above, Jan. 12.

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