Benjamin Franklin Papers

To Benjamin Franklin from Jonathan Williams, Jr., 1 December 1779

From Jonathan Williams, Jr.

ALS: American Philosophical Society

Nantes Decemr 1. 1779

Dear & hond. Sir

I have but a moment before the Departure of the post to inform you that a small Schooner called the Comittee belonging to Mr Dacosta3 is just arrivd from Phila. which reports that on the 26 September it was known at Philadelphia that Count d’Estaing was in Georgia and their blocked about 4000 English. The Confederation4 sailed with the Comittee but seperated the first Night and it is supposed this Frigate is gone to Georgia to take Count d’Estaings Dispatches. The Count was expected on the Coast of New York in the month of October.

I am in haste ever dutifully yours

J Williams

Addressed: A monsieur / Monsieur Franklin / Minister des Etats Unis / en son Hotel a Passy / Pres Paris

Endorsed: J Williams Dec 1. 79

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

3One of the d’Acosta frères who went into partnership with Penet: XXVII, 343n.

4I.e., the Confederacy.

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