Benjamin Franklin Papers

John Adams and Arthur Lee to William Lee, 13 January 1779

John Adams and Arthur Lee to William Lee3

AL (draft):4 Massachusetts Historical Society; copies: Library of Congress, National Archives (two)

Passy Jany 13. 1779.


The Letter which you did Us the Honour to write Us on the 15 December, We have received.— As We have heard nothing further of the Congress in Germany, which you inform Us was talked of, We presume that no such Measure will take Place.

However, whether there be a Congress or not, We cannot comply with the Terms of the Gentleman you mention, nor Advise him to take any Steps in the Business.

We have also the Honour of your Letter of the 9th december, informing Us of your draught upon Us, for Twenty four Thousand Livres, at one Months date payable to Mr Grand. The Bill of Exchange itself has also been presented to Us, and accepted.5 We have the Honour to be &c

Hon Wm. Lee Esq. Commissioner of U. States— Frankfort.

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

3From the copy at the Library of Congress we know that BF did not sign the letter.

4In JA’s hand.

5On Jan. 8, by only JA and Arthur Lee: Taylor, Adams Papers, VII, 212.

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