Benjamin Franklin Papers

From Benjamin Franklin to Morel, [after 10 June 1779]

To Morel2

Copy: Library of Congress

Passy, May 31. [i.e., after June 10]3 1779


It was two Guineas that I gave the Person who brought me your Charts, tho’ you mention to have received but One. This makes me think that he is not a Person to be trusted, or else I should send them back to you by him: for Tho’ I would not undervalue your Labour; yet not being Rich I cannot afford to give you three four or five Guineas as you say other Gentlemen have done, and I must content myself with the Printed Accounts. Therefore whenever you please to call or send for them. I shall return them to you, wishing you a better Purchaser, I have the honour &

Mr Morel

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

2See his letter of May 17, above.

3This letter is clearly in answer to one from Morel dated June 10, 1779, and we therefore conclude that BF’s is incorrectly dated in his letterbook. Morel’s letter states that about a month ago he sent BF charts of the French army and navy. They represent over two weeks work and, “Tous les Traits des Lignes sont d’or en Conquille.” He has twice sent the porter to BF’s lodgings to collect payment, but the man brought back only one louis. Other foreign ministers have given three or four for his work, and he hopes BF will treat him as generously. APS.

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