Benjamin Franklin Papers

From Benjamin Franklin to Arthur Lee, 24 January 1779

To Arthur Lee

ALS: Harvard University Library

Passy. Jan. 24. 79—


Being desirous of thoroughly understanding M. Monthieu’s Accounts, which I am much press’d by him to settle,5 I request you would please to send me by the Bearer all the Papers you have relating to it.— I should be glad also to have Mr Grands first Accounts, with Mr Deane’s Remarks upon them—6

I have the honour to be Sir, Your most obedient humble Servant

B Franklin

Honourable Arthur Lee Esqr7

Addressed: To / The honourable Arthur Lee Esqr / Chaillot.

Notation: On Mr. Monthieus Accts. Jany. 2d. 1779

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

5Congress eventually paid Montieu 426,300 l.t.: Taylor, Adams Papers, VII, 372n.

6In September and October, 1778, Deane submitted to Congress copies of Grand’s accounts: Deane Papers, II, 485, 488; III, 21–33.

7Beneath this is recorded a receipt to Lee from Ferdinand Grand for 80,800 l.t., dated Jan. 29, 1779.

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