Benjamin Franklin Papers

To Benjamin Franklin from Jonathan Williams, Jr., 22 February 1781

From Jonathan Williams, Jr.

ALS: American Philosophical Society; copy: Yale University Library

Nantes Feb. 22. 1781

Dear & hond sir

I have just heard that the Captain of the Marquis de la Fayette8 is gone to Passy. I cannot guess his Business, but I hope it will not occasion Delay. My Clerk has been at L’Orient some time & the ship is not yet ready to take in, You may be assured that not an hours delay will be on my side as all is ready. As I imagine there will be room in the ship I intend to take all Freight that Offers so as not to detain us & I shall regulate the Price according as other ships take in but I apprehend People will not be willing to pay on this side the Water.

I am ever most dutifully & affectionately Yours

Jona Williams J

Endorsed: Capt. Galatheau gone to Paris, cannot guess his Business. Ship not yet ready to take in, All the Goods ready

Notation: J. Williams Feby 22 1781

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

8Guillaume de Galatheau, who was evidently admired by Chaumont but according to young Le Veillard was universally disliked by the Lafayette’s passengers: Lopez, Lafayette, p. 219.

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