Benjamin Franklin Papers

To Benjamin Franklin from Jonathan Williams, Jr., 7 May 1777

From Jonathan Williams, Jr.

ALS: American Philosophical Society

Nantes May 7. 1777

Dear and honored Sir

The Bearer Monsieur Tardiveau is connected in Business with Monsieur Tarvouillet Merchant in this place and proposes to settle in Philadelphia. For this purpose, he wishes to obtain a Letter of Introduction from you and in consequence has desired Mr. Montaudouin to write to you in his Favour. Mr Tarvouillet is a Gentleman who has shewn me a great deal of Civility and is now fitting out a Vessell for our Country. Mr. Montaudouins Letter is perhaps more particular on this head, but in addition to it, I am desired to reccommend the Gentleman who will deliver this who I hear is worthy of your notice.8 I am ever tho’ much in haste most dutifully and affectionately Yours

J Williams

Addressed: A Monsieur / Monsieur Franklin LLD / a / Passy.

Notation: J Williams 7 May 77.

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

8For Tardiveau see above, Montaudoüin to BF of this date. Tarvouillet appears as “Tarvouliet” in BF’s account with him in 1780 (Papers of the Continental Congress, National Archives) and as “Tarrouillet” in Meyer, Armement nantais, p. 108 n.

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