Benjamin Franklin Papers

John Adams and Arthur Lee to Ralph Izard, 13 January 1779

John Adams and Arthur Lee to Ralph Izard9

AL (draft):1 Massachusetts Historical Society; copies: Library of Congress, National Archives (two)

Passy Jany 13 1779


We had the Honour of your Letter of Yesterdays date, on the same Day, informing Us of your having drawn a Bill upon Us, for five hundred Louis D’ors. We have the Honour to inform you that the Bill, being presented to Us, was accepted the same day by, Sir your most obedient &c2

Hon. Mr Izard.

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

9BF, opposed to honoring Izard’s request, refused to sign this letter. His reasons are spelled out in his drafts of an answer to Izard, Jan. 4, and a memorandum to Congress, Jan. 15.

1In JA’s hand.

2JA and Lee’s “acceptation” of Izard’s bill is recorded as 12,000 l.t. in F. Grand’s accounts with the commissioners, entry of Jan. 12: Taylor, Adams Papers, VII, 212.

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