Benjamin Franklin Papers

To Benjamin Franklin from Jonathan Williams, Jr., 14 September 1782

From Jonathan Williams, Jr.

Copy: Yale University Library

Nantes Sept 14 1782

Dr & Hond Sir

Mr Louis Tardy informs me that he could obtain an advantageous protection for his Brother who is lately gone to St Domingo if you would kindly signify a favourable opinion of him.3 I therefore do not hesitate to assure you that the person in question Mr Gabriel Tardy has been near 5 years with me and I can with truth declare him to be an honest, industrious & intelligent young man possessing the strickest principles of Probity honour and Morality. I am as ever most dutifully and affectionately

His Excellency Doctor Franklin Passy

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

3BF must have met Gabriel Tardy when JW sent him to Passy in June with a letter of introduction: XXXVII, 516–17. He left Nantes for the West Indies the following month: XXXVII, 670. He was the brother of the Paris merchant Louis Tardy (XXIX, 260): JW to Louis Tardy, Jan. 14, 1781 (Yale University Library).

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