Benjamin Franklin Papers

To Benjamin Franklin from Jonathan Williams, Jr., 5 March 1780

From Jonathan Williams, Jr.

ALS: University of Pennsylvania Library

Nantes March. 5. 1780.

Dear & hond Sir

I beg leave to introduce to your particular notice my Friend Mr Mason of Virginia6 a Gentleman of a respectable Family & plentifull Fortune by showing him every civility & every mark of Friendship he may have occasion for you will very sensibly Oblige Dear & hond Sir Your dutifull & affectionate Kinsman

Jona Williams J

Addressed: The Hon. / Doctor Franklin / Passy

Notation: J. Williams mar 5 1781

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

6George Mason, Jr., armed with letters of introduction from Washington, had sailed from America in April, 1779, in a ship bound for Cadiz. His father had given him credit on a house at Nantes, where he eventually entered the tobacco trade. See XXIX, 224; Pamela C. Copeland and Richard K. Macmaster, The Five George Masons … (Charlottesville, 1975), p. 199.

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