Benjamin Franklin Papers

From Benjamin Franklin to Arthur Lee, 31 December 1779

To Arthur Lee

ALS: Amherst College Library

Passy, Dec. 31. 1779


I have not at present any Public Money in my hands; and all that I can expect will be necessary to pay Congress Drafts, and other indispensible Orders and Engagements.4 I have the honour to be, with very great Respect Sir, Your most obedient and most humble Servant

B Franklin

Honble Arthur Lee Esqe

Addressed: To / The honourable Arthur Lee Esqe. / Paris. / [in another hand:] a lhotel notre Dame / rue neuve des bons enfans

Notations in different hands: refusal of Money / Decr. 31 1779 / Franklin D. B. / Franklin

Endorsed: B. Franklin to A. Lee Decr. 31st. 1779.

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

4BF had given an equally categorical refusal to Lee’s last request for funds: XXX, 419.

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