Benjamin Franklin Papers

To Benjamin Franklin from Jonathan Williams, Jr., 23 August 1783

From Jonathan Williams, Jr.

Copy: Yale University Library

Nantes 23 Augt: 1783./.—

D & hond: Sir./.—

Inclosed is an Acct: of the Expenses of Master Johnnott including his passage to Philadelphia amouting to £752 l.t. 2.— for which I have this day drawn a bill on you in favour of Messr: Laval & Wilfelsheim.6 It was not possible to get his passage at a Cheaper Rate, though extravagant & unreasonable all have been obliged to Submit. Another Lad of the Same age of Johnnot has also been made to pay it. I thought best to Send him as there is no prospect of another Opportunity Soon & the Difference would be Soon Swallowed up in daily Expenses./.— I am as ever &c

M Benj franklin

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

6The Parisian banking firm: XXXIX, 300n. BF paid JW’s draft on Sept. 5: Account XVII (XXVI, 3). On Sept. 13 he sent a bill drawn on Samuel Cooper to Jonathan Williams, Sr., under cover of a now-missing letter: Jonathan Williams, Sr. to BF, Dec. 20, 1783 (APS).

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