Benjamin Franklin Papers

To Benjamin Franklin from Samuel Cooper Johonnot, 14 August 1783

From Samuel Cooper Johonnot4

ALS: American Philosophical Society

Nantz 14 Aug 1783.

Respected Sir

I reach’d this Place the 11th, & waited the same Day on Mr Williams. He was kind enough to think of my Passage & sent Me to the Gentleman that fits out the Ship Le Comte D’Estaing,5 to agree for my Passage to Philadelphia, as there is no Vessel here bound to the Northward.

The Price is 600 Livres.— Mr Williams thinks it exorbitant, & desires to know whether I must go or wait for a more convenient Opportunity.

I board here at Mrs McCarty’s—pretty good Accommodations, & am employ’d under Mr Williams’s Eye in perfecting my Hand Writing.

Penetrated with the highest Sense of Gratitude I have the Honour of subscribing myself with Submission & Esteem Your most humble Servant

Sam’l Cooper Johonnot.

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

4For background see JW’s letters immediately above.

5The name of the outfitter was Peltier: Gouhard to WTF, Sept. 2, 1783 (APS).

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