Benjamin Franklin Papers

To Benjamin Franklin from Jonathan Williams, Jr., 4 April 1779

From Jonathan Williams, Jr.

ALS: American Philosophical Society

Nantes April 4. 1779

Dear & hond Sir.—

This will be presented you by Mr Wilkinson the ingenious Director, and indeed the projector, of a very fine Foundery on this River.—7

I am under particular obligations to this Gentleman for his Civility to me and many americans I have conducted to see his Works, the last was Mr Adams, who was much pleased at the Simplicity & Ingenuity of his Machinery.

I beg leave to reccommend him to you & shall esteem every Civility you may show him an obligation confered on me. The Wife of our respected Friend Dr Priestly is Sister to Mr Wilkinson.8

I am most dutifully & respectfully Your affectionate Kinsman

Jona Williams

Addressed: The Honourable / Doctor Franklin. / Passy

Notation: Jona Williams ap. 4. 1779—

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

7William Wilkinson (XXIII, 480n) from 1777 to 1780 managed the state ironworks and cannon-foundry on the island of Indret, near Nantes. Charles Singer et al., eds., A History of Technology (5 vols., Oxford, 1955–58), IV, 101–2.

8For Mary Priestley, “a woman of sound culture and good sense,” see the DNB under Joseph Priestley.

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