Benjamin Franklin Papers

The Committee of Secret Correspondence to William Bingham, 1 October 1776

The Committee of Secret Correspondence to William Bingham6

LS: American Philosophical Society; LS:7 New York Public Library; LS:8 Harvard University Library

Philada. October 1st 1776


Having received advice that our Agent Monsr. Hortalez is dispatching Sundry Articles wanted for the Service of the United States of America to Martinico recommended to the care of his Excellency the General or the Governor and Intendant there, to be by them delivered to whoever Shall be properly authorized by Congress to receive the Same, We hereby request that you will make application for all Arms, ammunition Money cloathing or other Articles, that may arrive in Martinico with the above directions, and you are hereby empowered to receive and Grant Receipts for the Same on behalf of the United States of America, or to Sign Certificates or any other writing that may be required purporting the delivery thereof to you as Agent for the Congress. We are sir Your most humble Servants

B Franklin
Robt Morris

Notation: C of Secret Correspondence October 1 177[6]

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

6This letter is essentially a repetition in more formal terms of the instructions, also written on Oct. 1, in the second part of the committee’s letter to Bingham above, Sept. 21. Those instructions were the outcome of the committee’s interview with Story, for which see the document preceding this one.

7Where by a clerk’s error Martinique, when it first appears, becomes St. Eustatia.

8Signed by BF alone.

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