Benjamin Franklin Papers

From Benjamin Franklin to Schweighauser, 9 September 1779

To Schweighauser

Copy: Library of Congress

Passy Sept. 9. 1779.


It appearing on the Examination of Mr. Ross’s Accompts, that the Committee are very considerably indebted to him, I conceive you may Safely Settle with him the accts. you have with the Committee agreable to Orders received by him from Robert Morris Esq.4 I have the honour to be &c.

M. Schweighauser.

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

4Ross had represented in Nantes Morris’ firm of Willing & Morris, and the orders mentioned presumably were those governing Ross’s dealings with Schweighauser; see XXVI, 281. Ross continued the association. When he returned to America in 1780 still claiming from the Secret Committee (now the Committee of Commerce) money owed him for his services in France, he turned to Morris for help: E. James Ferguson et al., eds., The Papers of Robert Morris, 1781–1784 (7 vols. to date, Pittsburgh, 1973—), I, 168, 169n, 191–2.

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