Benjamin Franklin Papers

To Benjamin Franklin from Jonathan Williams, Sr., 25 April 1780

From Jonathan Williams, Sr.

ALS: American Philosophical Society

Boston Apl 25th. 1780

Hond. Sir—

The Bearer Col: John Tyler a Friend & Neighbour of mine2 Comes to France partly on Business & partly On Pleasure your Civilities to him as a stranger in France will Oblige your Dutifull Nephew & Hble Servant

Jona. Williams

NB Col. Tyler has aquited himself with Honour in the American Service

Addressed: His Excellency Benja. Franklin Esqr / at Passy in / France / per Col: John Tyler

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

2Lt. Col. John Steele Tyler (d. 1813), a veteran of the 1779 Penobscot campaign; he traveled to Nantes from New London on the same ship as John Trumbull: Adams Correspondence, III, 328n. In July the two arrived in London and lodged together on George Street. When an arrest order was issued for Tyler in November, he was forewarned and escaped, but Trumbull was arrested and imprisoned: Political Magazine and Parliamentary, Naval, Military, and Literary Journal, I (1780), 739–40; Theodore Sizer, ed., The Autobiography of Colonel John Trumbull … (New Haven, 1953), pp. 63–6.

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