Benjamin Franklin Papers

To Benjamin Franklin from John Adams, 10 May 1781

From John Adams

AL (draft): Massachusetts Historical Society

Amsterdam May 10. 1781


I have the Honour to advise your Excellency, that I have this day drawn Bills of Exchange upon you, in Favour of Messrs Fizeau Grand & Co for the amount of Seventy Seven Thousand Crowns of three Livres of which the following is a List

1000 2500 4400
1200 2600 4500
1220 3000 4600
1300 3500 4700
1380 4000 4900
1700 4100 5000
2000 4200 6200
2400 4300 2300

These are to make Provision for the Payment of the Sixty six Bills, drawn by Congress in favour of Mr Tracy,9 which become payable the fifteenth currant.1 I have the Honour to be

His Exy. B. Franklin Esqr

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

9Nathaniel Tracy of Newbury, Mass. (XXIX, 332n), from whom Congress purchased clothing for the American Army, drawing on their ministers in Spain and the Netherlands: JCC, XVIII, 835–6, 845–6, 890, 974, 976.

1JA sent similar lists on June 14, consisting of 19 bills for a total of 29,500 crowns, and on Sept. 24, consisting of eight bills for a total of 14,000 crowns; both lists are at the Mass. Hist. Soc.

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