Benjamin Franklin Papers

The American Commissioners to Jacques Leveux, 9 November 1778

The American Commissioners to Jacques Leveux

AL (draft):3 Massachusetts Historical Society; two copies: National Archives

Passy Novr 9 1778


We have received your Several Letters of the 26 August, 25 September and 17 October, informing us of Several sums you have advanced to Americans escaped from England.4

We request you to send Us an Account Stated of all the Disbursements you have made and the5 Receipts you have taken for the Money; and we consent you should draw a Bill upon Us for the full amount which we shall accept and pay. We are, Sir your Servants

M.J. Leveux, Calais.

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

3In JA’s hand, with interlineations by BF. The two copies incorporate BF’s suggestions.

4The only two recent extant letters from the Calais merchant (XXVI, 515) are Aug. 10 and 26: XXVII, 238–9, 326–7.

5Added in BF’s hand is “the” above the line. The following emendations are also his: “you have taken”, “full”, “and pay.”, which replaces the deleted “upon Receipt of the Acquittance”.

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