From Jonathan Nesbitt
ALS: American Philosophical Society
L’Orient Septr: 17th: 1781
Mr. Stephen Willson, a young Gentleman lately arrivd from America9 will have the honor to deliver you this Letter. He is recommended to me by my friends in Philadelphia in the warmest manner, & doubt not but he will prove himself entirely worthy of your Excellencys favor & protection—
I have the honor to remain wth. Sentiments of the greatest respect Sir Your most Obedient hble Servt.
Addressed: The hon: Dr: B: Franklin / Minister plenipotentiary from / the United States of America at / the Court of Versailles. / a Passy / pres Paris
Notation: Nesbit L’orient 7bre. 17. 1781
9. Perhaps Stephen Wilson, a Baltimore merchant: Jefferson Papers, XVI, 548n; “First Presbyterian Church Membership, 1766–1783,” Maryland Hist. Mag., XXXV (1940), 261; Arlan K. Gilbert, “Gunpowder Production in Post-Revolutionary Maryland,” Maryland Hist. Mag., LII (1957), 189.