Benjamin Franklin Papers

To Benjamin Franklin from Jonathan Williams, Jr., 4 August 1782

From Jonathan Williams, Jr.

Copy: Yale University Library

Nantes 4th Augt 1782

Dr & hond sir

This will be delivered to you by Mr W Burgess late a london Merchant but now bound to America.3 In his passage through Paris to come hither he wishes to pay his personal Respects to you. I therefore beg leave to introduce him & shall esteem every Civility shewn him as a Favour confered on me.

I am as ever most Dutifully & affectionately

His Excellency Doctor Franklin— Passy

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

3In March, William Burgess had asked JW’s opinion on immigrating to America. JW suggested that he might be successful in either Philadelphia or Boston. Burgess was now in Amsterdam awaiting passage. JW sent him this letter, in case he should need to come to Paris. He may not have presented it, however, as he was said to have sailed to Massachusetts via the Netherlands: JW to Burgess, March 26 and Aug. 4 (Yale University Library); Smith, Letters, XIX, 640n.

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