Benjamin Franklin Papers

To Benjamin Franklin from Jean de Neufville & fils, 2 November 1780

From Jean de Neufville & fils

ALS: American Philosophical Society

Amsterdam 2 Nov: 1780

Honourd sir!

May this find Your Excellency in a better state of health, then we observed by the reception of her last favour,2 she had been in, this being our wish, and to obey always her most respected Commands, we have Accepted, to be comprehended with those of the Month of October the three thousand eigt hundred and Fifty Gilders on Mr. Laurens, and we have taken the liberty to draw on Your Excellency f. 8800: is écu 6680. 54—3 at the Exchange of 52 11/16 grooten at 3 Usance to our own order

in Three bills Dividd. { écu 2000.——.——

On the due honour of Which we doubt not in the least, nor on those which shall remain, untill we are intirely reinbursed.

We have gott the honour to wait on Mr. Adams, and obtained his leave to present to H. Excy. the remaining bills; about which he certainly will write to your Excellency; may we begg leave to assure her, as we did verbally to Mr. Adams, that with proper orders we should have been intirely disposed to Continue to protect the bills on Mr. Laurens, for which in particular we thank Your Excellency She hath enabled us untill now.

We have the honour to be with all Respectfull Regard. Honourd Sir Your Excellencys most devoted And most Obedient humble Servants.

John DE Neufville & Son.

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

2BF to Neufville & fils, Oct. 26, above.

3The 8,800 f. for which the firm had drawn on BF was equivalent, at the current exchange rate, to 6,680 écus and 54s. or 20,042 l.t., 14 s.

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