Benjamin Franklin Papers

To Benjamin Franklin from Jonathan Williams, Jr., 13 June 1782

From Jonathan Williams, Jr.

ALS: American Philosophical Society; copy: Yale University Library

Nantes June. 13. 1782.

Dr & hond Sir.

Inclosed are 2 Letters from Major Franks one for you9 & one for Mr Jay. The Bills mentioned I have sent to Mr Grand.—1 What is to be done about sending out the public Stores? There are here two large american Ships now here which will want Freight one of them the Cato of 300 Tons to my address, but these Ships belong to the Northward & cannot take Freight to go South of Boston.— There is a fine new french Ship just launched which is to be coppered burthen about 300 Tons, she may be ready in two months, but the owner will not freight her under £300 per Ton measurement on Goods. I do not for my own part think a good Ship can be had for less. If you can consent to send to the Northward the american Ships might answer, but if not you must depend on french ones. Please to inform me what I am to do.

I am as ever most dutifully & affectionately Yours.

J Williams Jr

Doctor Franklin.

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

9Missing. David Franks, returned from Spain, was in Nantes by mid-May awaiting passage for America: XXXVI, 551n; Franks to WTF, May 22 and 26 (APS).

1Franks’ June 10 bill for 1,148 l.t. was paid by Grand on July 15: Account XXVII (XXXII, 4).

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