Benjamin Franklin Papers

Jonathan Williams, Jr., to the American Commissioners, 28 February 1777

Jonathan Williams, Jr., to the American Commissioners

ALS: American Philosophical Society

Nantes Feb. 28. 1777.


I have the honour of your Favour of the 25 by Mr. Francis.2 As I have but a moments time I must beg leave to refer you to tomorrows post for a more particular Answer, the principal intention of this is to inform you that Mr. Morris has sold four of the prizes (all except the packet Boat) Vessells Cargoes &c. &c. for about 90,000 Livres, all risque of reclaim and every difficulty to be the purchasers.3 Mr. M. tells me he has recvd. the Bills for the amount and so finished the Business.

Mr. Francis setts off this afternoon for L’orient.

As Mr. Francis communicated his Business to me I have told him of the above Sale. I have the honor to be with great Respect Your most obedient Servant.

J Williams

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]


3This provision accorded with the commissioners’ advice to Wickes in their letter above, under Feb. 25. The packet was soon sold as well, to Bérard Frères; all were promptly renamed: Clark, Wickes, p. 140.

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