Benjamin Franklin Papers

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

From Jonathan Williams, Jr.

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

Nantes May 6. 1780.

Dear & honoured Sir.

I wrote you the 18 April informing you of the Cloathing I had at different Times sent to Brest by M. de Chaumonts direction. I have since Advice that the said Cloathing arrived in Time but that the Transports were all full & Consequently but a small part is embarked.3 This being the Case I concluded not to send any more ’till further Orders, for it is absurd to be at so great an Expence without at least a probability of having the Goods shipped. Please to let me know what method is to be adopted for the future Expedition of the Cloathing and I shall be obliged also if you will please to favour me with your approbation of what I have hitherto done.

I am ever most dutifully and affectionately Yours &c

Jona Williams J

Notation: Jona Williams May 6. 1780

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

3JW managed to place only 100 bales on the transport Petit Cousin: Lopez, Lafayette, pp. 193–4; Rice and Brown, eds., Rochambeau’s Army, I, 118n.

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