Benjamin Franklin Papers

The American Commissioners to John Ross, 29 December 1778

The American Commissioners to John Ross

AL (draft):9 Massachusetts Historical Society; two copies:1 National Archives

Passy Decr 29. 1778


We have received your Letters of the fifteenth and Twenty-fourth of December, with their Enclosures,2 and once more assure you, that We have no Authority, to do any Thing in your Affairs, untill you have Settled your Accounts.— Whenever you Shall be ready3 to lay your Accounts before Us, We shall be ready to receive them and Settle them, according to the Strictest Justice, and to pay you the Ballance, if any which may be found due to you, according to the Resolutions of Congress and our Ability.

Mr Ross.

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

9In JA’s hand.

1One copy, in Ford’s hand, contains the notations, “Signd by the three Commissioners” and “Last Letter for the Year 1778.”

2The letters and their enclosures are missing.

3BF underlined “dispos’d” as an alternate wording. The copies incorporate BF’s suggestion.

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