Benjamin Franklin Papers

The American Commissioners to Bersolle, 3 May 1778

The American Commissioners to Bersolle7

Copies: National Archives (two), Massachusetts Historical Society

Passy May 3d. 1778.


Your Bill upon our Banker was not paid, because it was drawn without our Leave; and before you had sent Us the Accounts to shew we were your Debtors,8 and he could not regularly pay a Bill on our Account, which he had not our Orders to pay. We are Sir, your most obedient Servants.

B. Franklin
Arthur Lee
John Adams

Monsr. Bersolle.

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

7Published in Butterfield, John Adams Diary, IV, 88; we reprint it for comparison with Lee’s draft above, April 22.

8The remainder of the sentence is probably BF’s addition; he wrote it on a loose sheet now in the Library of Congress.

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