Benjamin Franklin Papers

To Benjamin Franklin from Jonathan Williams, Jr.: Two Letters, 29 June 1779

From Jonathan Williams, Jr.: Two Letters

(I) Copy: Yale University Library; (II) ALS: American Philosophical Society


Nantes June 29. 1779.

I herewith send you two Invoices—the first for Goods Shipped by your order on Acct & risque of Gr Green of Rhode island on board the three Friend. Capt Colman amounting to £936.12s.7
The Second for sundrys for Mrs Bache which you desired me to send with M De Luzernes Baggage (as the three Friends was taken up to Carry his Baggage & as my Cousin8 went passenger in that Ship I thought best not to trouble M De Luzerne & put it on board under my Cousins Care) £ 316   
I deduct from this sum fifteen Louis which you advanced to Mr Richard for me 360   
The Ballance £892.12s. I have this day drawn on you for in favr of Messrs Cottin & fils & Jauge at 15 days date which closes this affair.

Dr. Franklin—


Nantes June 29. 1779.—

Dear & hond Sir.—

Accept my most gratefull Thanks for your friendly Favour of the 17th Inst. I would immediately set off to see you, but that I have at length a number of Auditors to examine my Acct. and I expect to begin on them in a few Days, when this is done I shall immediately leave this Place.—9

I have written Billy all the news I can collect.—1

I am ever with the greatest Respect Dear & honoured Sir Your dutifull & affectionate Kinsman

Jona Williams J

Addressed: His Excellency. / Doctor Franklin.

Notation: Williams Jona. June 29. 1779.

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

7See JW’s letter of May 6 for Gov. Greene’s request.

8His cousin is Jonathan Williams III. For the goods to be sent to Sarah Bache see JW’s letter of June 8.

9Schweighauser had by this time recovered sufficiently to become the fifth member of the committee (with Johnson, Nesbitt, Cuming, and Gridley). JW wrote these gentlemen a formal letter on June 30 giving background information, asking for a meeting, and informing them that their decision would be final, subject only to the revision of Congress. Yale University Library.

1That letter, of the same date, quoted news from a letter of Capt. Green. Green himself wrote BF on June 25, above. A postscript to JW’s letter to WTF gave an account of the General Arnold’s successful engagement with a letter of marque. APS.

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