Benjamin Franklin Papers

The American Commissioners to Schweighauser, 9 February 1779

The American Commissioners to Schweighauser

AL (draft):9 Massachusetts Historical Society; copies: Library of Congress, National Archives (two)

Passy Feb. 9. 1779.


We have recd yours of 16 January.—1 in Answer to that Part of your Letter, which relates to your concerns with the Honourable the Committee of Commerce, We have to inform you that every Transaction of theirs must be kept Separate from those affairs which are under our Direction. Therefore your Debits and Credits with that Honourable Committee, must be Settled with them or their Agents, as We have no Authority, without express Resolutions of Congress to interfere.

We Sincerely lament the deplorable Fate of the Duke De Chatilet,2 and are &c

Mr J. D. Schweighauser

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

9In JA’s hand. A notation on one of the copies at the National Archives indicates that Lee did not sign the letter.


2In mid-January the Duc de Châtelet (also called the Duc de Chartres), Capt. Blandon, destined for St.-Domingue, had suffered an explosion while descending the Loire, with the loss of everything on board: Courier de l’Europe, V (1779), 64.

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