Benjamin Franklin Papers

To Benjamin Franklin from Jonathan Williams, Jr., 6 April 1780

From Jonathan Williams, Jr.

ALS: University of Pennsylvania Library; copy: Yale University Library

Nantes April 6. 1780

Dear & hond Sir.

The Courier having passed by L’orient I did not receive your Favour of 31 March ’till yesterday.

The Permission I ask of Mr Paulze is no exemption from a Duty which is a Right and if the Farmers choose to understand the Matter they will see it is not. I have declined Mr Bondfields proposition & shall send Goods to Brest as fast as I possibly can agreeable to Mr de Chaumonts orders.— Mr Schweighauser informs me that all the Sheathing Copper he had was shipped in the Providence.—

I suppose you have Letters by the Buckskin which is arrived at Bordeaux.1 I shall be glad to know if you have any interesting news. I am informed that the State of Maryland has taken some notice of me about the management of their Funds in England, but I do not well understand what it is. If you have any account of it please to let Billy drop me a Line.2 I am ever your dutifull & affectionate Kinsman

Jona Williams J

Doctor Franklin

Notation: Jona Williams Apr 6. 1780

1See MacCreery’s letter below, April 8.

2See JA to BF, April 19, and BF’s reply of April 21. BF never answered JW on this point, and JW asked WTF about it on May 9 (APS).

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