Benjamin Franklin Papers

To Benjamin Franklin from Jonathan Williams, Jr., 5 April 1778

From Jonathan Williams, Jr.

ALS: American Philosophical Society

Nantes April 5. 1778.

Dear and honored Sir.

I beg leave to introduce to you my Friend Mr. Hawkins of Carolina, a Gentleman of Honour and Character for whom I have a particular regard.1 I am ever with the greatest Respect Your dutifull and affectionate Kinsman

Jona Williams J

Addressed: Doctor Franklin / Passy.

Endorsed: Letters answd. or that need no Answr

Notation: Jona. Williams Nantes 5 avril 1778

1Almost unquestionably a brother of Benjamin Hawkins, a North Carolinian who at this time was in the legislature: Richard A. Harrison, Princetonians, 1776–1783 . . . (Princeton, N.J., 1981), pp. 176–7. The brother must have presented JW’s letter, for on the 28th he asked BF, in a one-sentence note, for a pass of some sort that had been promised him: APS.

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