Jonathan Williams, Jr., to the American Commissioners
ALS: American Philosophical Society; letterbook copy: Yale University Library
Nantes April 2. 1777.
I had the pleasure of writing to you yesterday since which Capt. Adams is arrived express for [from] Boston and now setts off with his packets for Paris.
If I did not think myself absolutely obliged to stay here untill I have orders to return I should be tempted to set off with him, as a few hours Conversation might be of Service as to matters of Business, and far less troublesome to you than writing.
I have began to take the Inventory,4 which I apprehend will require some days to compleat. I have the honor to be with great Respect Gentlemen Your most obedient and most humble Servant
J Williams Junr
Please to turn over
PS I open this Letter to acknowledge the Receipt of yours of the 25 which I will answer particularly by tomorrows post. I have at present only time to say, That the Tin Case with the Charts and Letters never came to hand.5 What I mean by proper order is orders signed by you, which I suppose necessary to give validity, if not I have a Copy here, but as the Destination is changed I suppose the orders will be Entirely altered. I will observe all your directions and am with great Respect tho’ much in haste Yours as before
J Williams Junr
The Honble The Deputies of the United States.
Addressed: The Honble Silas Deane Esqr / Hotel de Hambourg / Rue Jacob / Paris.
Notation: Mr. Williams April 2. 77.
4. Of Montieu’s arms.
5. The letter from the commissioners is missing. The tin case was probably one of the two they had bought to contain Boux’s shipbuilding plans.