Benjamin Franklin Papers

To Benjamin Franklin from Jonathan Williams, Sr., 24 December 1778

From Jonathan Williams, Sr.

ALS: American Philosophical Society

Boston Decr. 24. 1778

Hond Sr

This will be handed to you by Mr Saml Bradford a Werthy young Gentleman5 (Son of my Friend John Bradford Esqr our Continental Agent) one of his Vews in going to France is to Perfect himSelf in the Language—Your Civilities to him as a Stranger will much Oblige Your Dutyfull Nephew & Hble Servt

Jona Williams

To Doctr. Franklin

Addressed: His Excellency / Benjamin Franklin Esqr / at Passy / France

Notation: Jonh Williams Boston 24 Xbre. 1778.

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

5Samuel Bradford (1759?–1818) was the future son-in-law of Jonathan Williams, Sr., since in 1783 he married Ann (Nancy) Williams (1759–1824): XIV, 289n; Van Doren, Franklin-Mecom, p. 219. Bradford, who will appear throughout our volumes, was active in the First Church of Boston and became U.S. marshal for the Massachusetts district and sheriff of Suffolk county: Records of the First Church in Boston, Publications of the Colonial Soc. of Mass. XXXIX–XLI (Boston, 1961); Mass. Hist. Soc. Proc. LV (1921–22), I; Harold C. Syrett, ed., The Papers of Alexander Hamilton (27 vols., New York and London, 1961–87), XXII, 333n. For his father, John Bradford, continental agent for prizes at Boston, see XXII, 533n.

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