Benjamin Franklin Papers

To Benjamin Franklin from Schweighauser, 5 June 1779

From Schweighauser

ALS: American Philosophical Society

Nantz 5. June 1779

Since the Letter, I had the honor of adressing your Excellency the 22. ultmo. I am without any of your esteemed favor. The purpose of this will serve to inclose the Account of my disbursements for the Alliance

amounting to 79237. 9.   l.t.
& the account of those
made for the Brig Morris
12177. 7.10
together 91414.16.10. l.t.
on account of which I have
already drawn at 10 days
date 10000.
ded. ⅓ % loss   33.6.8
remains for ballance 81448. 3.6.   l.t.

Which I have this day taken the liberty to draw on Your Excellencÿ at 20. days date as per the note at foot2 which I hope will meet your approbation, by the first safe Conveyance I will send you my Vouchers if requisite, as also a recapitulation or State of the Arsenal, that is of the number of Articles Shipt & of those now remaining.3

In Sending You the account of what has been paid for the forementioned Continental frigate & brig Morris at Lorient I will add whatever other accounts appear as also the last from Brest which I have not yet received.

I hope the Morris is actually Safe arriv’d at Lorient

With profound Respect I am Your Excellency’s Most obedient & most humble Servant

J. Dl. Schweighauser

To His Excellency Benjamin Franklin Esqr. Minister Plenipotentiarÿ from the United States of America at the Court of France Passÿ

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

2On a separate sheet Schweighauser listed twenty-nine separate drafts on BF totaling 81,857 l.t., 9 s., 6 d. minus ½ percent loss (409 l.t., 6 s.) for a net total of 81,448 l.t., 3 s., 6 d.

3For the arsenal and for the brig Morris, mentioned in the following paragraph, see BF’s letter to Schweighauser of April 5.

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