Benjamin Franklin Papers

To Benjamin Franklin from Jonathan Williams, Jr., 15 May 1779

From Jonathan Williams, Jr.

ALS: American Philosophical Society

Nantes May 15. 1779.

Dear & hond Sir.

On looking over some Papers I found a Congress Commission & Warrant, which remaind after filling up those for the Dean. As it is probable you may want them for Capt Jones, and as they ought to be at your Disposal only, I herewith transmit them and request you in the next Letter you write me to do me the favour to mention the reception of them.

A Dutch Vessell is arrived here, the Capt Reports that in the Bay he met 5 Spanish ships of the Line & a Frigate, that the latter brought him too, & finding he was dutch Property told him that had he been english he would have been a lawfull prize, he told him further that the 5 Ships & himself were bound to Brest.— This may be true but I have generaly found Sea news erroneus.5

Gov. Greens Goods are ready & I shall put them on board the three Friends under Convoy of the Alliance.6 If it is not improper I shall be glad to know if Capt Jones & the Alliance go together, I ask only to be able to regulate the 3 Friends for Convoy.—

I am with the greatest Respect Dear & hond Sir Your dutifull & Affectionate Kinsman

Jona Williams J

The Hon. Doctor Franklin.

Notation: Williams Jona. May 15. 1779.

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

5He had first written “uncertain”.

6See JW’s previous letter, May 6. The Three Friends was owned by JW; her captain was James Colman, and JW’s letterbooks contain a complete list of her cargo dated June 5, 1779 (Yale University Library).

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