From Jonathan Williams, Jr.
LS: University of Pennsylvania Library
Nantes 6 March 1781
Dear & Hond Sir
As the English News Writers have been endeavouring to hurt us by giving bad News, I think it my Duty to give you Copy of an Account contradicting their Publication which I received from L’Orient the 4th Inst & which I wish may give you as much Pleasure as it has me.2
I am with much Respect Your ever Affectionate Kinsman
Jona Williams J
I have forwarded this Account to Spain.
Honble. Doctor Franklin
Addressed: a monsieur / Monsieur Franklin / Ministre plenipotentiaire / des Etats unis en son Hotel / a Passy prés Paris
Notation: J. Williams Mar 6 1781
2. JW sent a one-page statement (University of Pa. Library) minimizing the seriousness of the uprising of the Pennsylvania line. It was based on information brought by a French lugger (undoubtedly the Aimable Elizabeth) that had left Philadelphia in company with the Duke of Leinster on Feb. 6 and had arrived in Lorient on Feb. 28.