Benjamin Franklin Papers

To Benjamin Franklin from Jonathan Williams, Jr., 13 September 1781

From Jonathan Williams, Jr.

ALS: University of Pennsylvania Library

Nantes sept. 13. 1781

Dear & hond sir.

The Bearer of this Mr Wanton Casey is the son of Mr Silas Casey of Rhode Island, he came hither about 2 Years ago warmly recommended to me by Aunt Mecom & has been ever since in my Counting House.2 I beg leave to introduce him to you as a very worthy Young man & request you will honour him with your Notice & Civility.

I am as ever most dutifully & affectionately Yours.

Jona Williams J

In Franklin’s hand:3 Mr. Casey lodges at l’hotel de York. I have told him that you would call upon him.

Addressed: His Excelly / Doctor Franklin.

Notation: Williams Jona. Sept 15. 17814

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

2Jane Mecom had sent a letter to BF with Casey, but the young man did not deliver it in person. See XXVIII, 345, where he is identified, and XXIX, 357. Casey was also the youngest founding member of the Kentish Guards in Rhode Island: Richard K. Showman et al., eds., The Papers of General Nathanael Greene (10 vols. to date, Chapel Hill, N.C., 1976–), I, 62n, 68, 71–3.

3This note was evidently intended for WTF.

4An additional, but unrelated, notation follows: “Rucelle, Ebeniste Rue St Honoré.”

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