Benjamin Franklin Papers

From Benjamin Franklin to Jonathan Williams, Jr., 1 November 1780

To Jonathan Williams, Jr.

Copy: Library of Congress

Passy, Nov. 1. 80.

Dear Jonathan,

Enclosed is a Letter from M. Lavosier, one of the Fermers General, by which you will see that the necessary papers for the Saltpetre are dispatched.1

I want much the Invoice you promised me of the Cloths bought of M. De Chaumont, and to know precisely the Terms of that Purchase & the Amount.

M. Austin tells me he will leave some Money in your Hands for me, in 270 Livres;2 Please to receive them and give me Credit.— Excuse to him my not writing at present.

M. De Ch. goes on paying, and I fancy the Difficulty is over for the present. But it is well for you to be cautious: for some times People drag down with them their best Friends. And I cannot answer paying for you any Bills you may have aided him with, as they are not a Publick Concern. I hope however that this Caution is unnecessary.

M. Johnson wrote me that he had lodg’d with you scealed up some Papers I had put into his Hands.3 You may open and read them; & send them to me when you have a good Opportunity, with your Sentiments. I have Such another Dispute about accounts with M. Moylan.4 He charges me among other unnecessary Articles with money paid you for Shot. Explain this to me.

I am Still ill of the Gout, and write in much Pain, But I am ever &. Your affectionate uncle.

M. Williams.

1JW forwarded Lavoisier’s now-missing letter to Desegray, Beaugeard fils & Cie. on Nov. 5, adding that he hoped nothing further would impede the transportation of the saltpetre. Yale University Library.

2See Austin’s letter of Oct. 19.

3We have not located Johnson’s letter, but for the papers see BF to Johnson, Sept. 18.

4See BF to Jones of this date, above.

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