certainly means Benjamin Franklin's elder grandson, William Temple Franklin; Franklin's
younger grandson, Benjamin Franklin Bache, was also returning with him to America.
The three departed from Passy on 12 July, and reached Southampton, England, on the
24th. There Franklin had one last, painful meeting with his son, the loyalist exile
William Franklin, whom AA
had probably never met. See Jefferson, Papers
, 8:281, 308; Claude-Anne Lopez and Eugenia W. Herbert, The Private Franklin: The Man and His Family
, N.Y., 1975, p. 279–281.