Benjamin Franklin Papers

To Benjamin Franklin from Jonathan Williams, Jr., 4 August 1781

From Jonathan Williams, Jr.

LS: University of Pennsylvania Library

Nantes 4th. Augst. 1781.—

Dear & hond. sir

The Brig Sally Capn. Worth arrived Yesterday from Rhodisland to my address and brings the inclosed Letters for Your Excy. which I take the earliest oppertunity of forwarding. She brings advise that the French Ship Segitaire with 10 Transports had arrived with troops who join’d the Count of Rochambeau’s Army—2 & no other Newse of consequence. I am ever Dear & hond sir

Jona Williams J

Notation: J. Williams 4 Augt 81

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

2The troops were recruits, drawn from a number of regiments. Some were ill from scurvy, but 400 of them marched from Boston to Newport and were incorporated into Rochambeau’s regiments: Brown to BF, July 23, above; Rice and Brown, eds., Rochambeau’s Army, I, 27–8n.

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