Benjamin Franklin Papers

To Benjamin Franklin from Jonathan Williams, Sr., 4 October 1778

From Jonathan Williams, Sr.

ALS: American Philosophical Society

Boston Octr. 4. 1778

Honored Sir

The Bearer Mr. Henry Bromfield9 a Young Gentleman of this Town gose to France on Business as a Merchant and as he will be a Stranger in Paris your Civilities to him as such Will Much Oblige your Dutifull Nephew

Jona Williams

Doctr. Franklin

Addressed: Doctr Benjamin Franklin / Paris / Per Mr Bromfield

Notation: Williams Jonathan Oct. 4. 1778. Boston

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

9Henry Bromfield, Jr. (1751–1837) was the son of the Boston merchant Henry Bromfield: XXII, 161 n; Daniel D. Slade, “The Bromfield Family,” New-England Hist. and Geneal. Register, XXVI (1872), 141. Apparently he did not make immediate use of this recommendation; Samuel Cooper wrote a more detailed one for him on July 17, 1780 (APS), and we have no evidence that he was in France until that year.

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