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Benjamin Franklin
, January 8, 1783. January 8, 1783. Autographed letter signed by Jonathan Williams, grandnephew of Benjamin Franklin, acting as his agent, measures 71/2" x 9". The letter written by Williams is 2 1/4 long, then is endorsed by "JNB". It also contains the writing of a third hand which is a copy of the original letter enclosed by Williams, for a total of 3 1/4 pages. The letter is in very good condition with minor toning around the edges and the usual folds. It is an excellent representation of what was occurring in Europe and the United States of America during this period. The letter in full: (Letter to Benjamin Vaughan) "My dear Friend/ Nantes, Jan. 8, 1783/ I hope you are now with your amiable Lady enjoying all the Secrets of domestic happiness with a pleasing addition to your Family. I beg you will make my best Wishes acceptable to her though I have not had the Honour to know her. Time which produces many strange Things may perhaps give me an Opportunity of cultivating her acquaintance. / I beg you will read the enclosed Letter to Lord Shelburne then Seal and deliver to him. I think the matters I have stated to him will be deemed worthy his Lordships attention, for it is certain every good Minister should detest these Piratical Acts, and I am inclined to think his Lordship will be pleased that he has an Opportunity of showing to the World his disapprotation of Acts which were not only permitted but rewarded by his predecessors. If the Brig & Cargo is returned pray represent the propriety of the Brig having protection as far as Nantes when the will be as she was, or let her be sold & the amount remitted me./ I will make no apology for traveling you because independent of motives of Friendship to me I am sure your Heart will always take a warm part in favour of the injured. Its against Traitors of any kind. At any Rate let me request you to assist Capt. Birrel in gaining his Liberty and finding his Way hither. I am uncertain whether this will meet you in Paris in London, if in the former City pray take the last method of Conveyance, if in the latter do me the favour to deliver it yourself. / I am dear Friend / most sincerely Affectionately / yours, / Jon Williams"In a different hand “Pray forward the enclosed to Capt Birrell and let him have what Cash he may want. JNB (?)”In another hand “copy of a letter from Mr. Jonathan Williams of Nantes to Capt Birrel of the Brig Trio, at Kinsale. /Nantes Jany 9, 1782/ Sir / I am sorry to hear of your misfortune, not on account of the loss I suffer by it, but for the manner in which it is occasioned. I am confident the Justice of the British Administration will not only preserve your Liberty, but restitute my Property. You will therefore stick by the Brig toll she is finally condemned or returned, I follow the Orders of my Friend Benjamin Vaughan Esq, who will supply you with what money you may want. / I am Your friend & Servant/ (signed) Jon Williams."Jonathan Williams (May 20, 1751 â€
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