Benjamin Franklin Papers

Jonathan Williams, Jr., to the American Commissioners, 21 March 1778

Jonathan Williams, Jr., to the American Commissioners

ALS: American Philosophical Society

Nantes March 21. 1778.

Honorable Gentlemen,

I recvd. your favour of the 16th Instant too late to answer it by the return of Post.

I shall observe your Directions relative to shipping on board the Grammont. I hope she will be able to take all the Cloaths and Hose that remain, but I shall not get a single Case of arms on board and I have at least 300 in the magazine ready to ship.

Inclosed is the account of Tannay, who has occasioned the Dolphins seizure, and the sentence of the admiralty upon it.

I beg leave to refer you to my Letter of the 6th January for a State of the fact. The amount of the matter is that a Congress vessell has been seized and sold to pay a rascal who had run away with a Prize, drawn £147 Sterling which he has expended and deserted from the service.3 I have the honour to be most respectfully Honorable Gentlemen Your most obedient servant

J Williams J

It gives me the greatest pain to find constant repetitions in Mr. Grands Letters that you have not approved my Bills. I beg you will consider the delicacy of a merchants credit and ease me from the anxiety that this delay occasions.

Addressed: The Honble. / The Commissioners / of the United States. / Passy.

Notation: Jon Williams Nantes March 21. 78 Enclosing an Accot.

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

3See above, XXV, 427 n. The rascal’s account is in the APS.

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