Benjamin Franklin Papers

To Benjamin Franklin from Jonathan Williams, Jr., [25 April 1783]

From Jonathan Williams, Jr.

ALS: American Philosophical Society

Friday Evng. [April 25, 1783]9

Dear & hond Sir

I shall give you pleasure by informing you that the Washington Capt Barney arrived at Phila the 12 March.1 This Comes by a Ship arrived at L’Orient from Virginia which brings no other news.—

I suppose you know Mr Hardy is in Town.

I am as ever most dutifully Yours.

J Williams J

Addressed: A Son Excellence / Monsieur Franklin / A Passy. / Payez au Porteur 24s.2

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

9The first Friday after April 24, the day Hartley arrived in Paris. JW had arrived at St. Germain on April 20, and was pleased to find his wife “exceeding well”: JW to WTF, April 20, 1783 (APS); JW to James Moore, April 20, 1783 (Yale University Library).

1The General Washington had left in January: XXXVIII, 560n.

2On the address sheet, Antoine Bret, editor of the Gazette de France, wrote his name and address: “M. Bret directeur de la Gazette Rue St. Laurant no. 52.” Beneath it BF wrote, “Medaille.” For Bret see the DBF; Claude Bellanger et al., Histoire générale de la presse fiançaise (5 vols., Paris, 1969–76), I, 198–9.

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