Benjamin Franklin Papers

The American Commissioners to Schweighauser, 22 July 1778

The American Commissioners to Schweighauser

AL (draft): Massachusetts Historical Society; three copies: National Archives

Passi July 22 1778


Captain Robert Niles of the Spy at Brest,9 has occasion for fourteen or fifteen Tons of Lead, which you will be so good as to order on board his Vessell, and if he should request any other Articles to make up a Cargo for the united States you will please to order them on board, out of those Merchandises or Arms &c. which you have on hand. We are

Please to send Us a List of the Articles you receive from Mr. Williams.

Mr. Schweighauser

P.S. Capt. Niles’s Vessell has incured some Expence at Brest, which We desire you will discharge.

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

9For the arrival of the Spy see Simpson to the commissioners, July 3. Robert Niles is identified in XXVI, 539 n; the same letter explains this request for lead.

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