Benjamin Franklin Papers

To Benjamin Franklin from Watson & Cossoul, 20 May 1781

From Watson & Cossoul3

ALS: American Philosophical Society

Nantes. 20th. May 1781


We duly rec’d your favr. of the 16th. inst. directed to our E. Watson,4 and have to acknowledge your Kind attention, & inform your Excellency that our friends Messrs. J. Cottin & fils & Jauge5 advise us, that they have found the bill in question.

We have the honour to be respectfully Your Excellency’s Very Obedient Servants.

Watson & Cossoul

The Honbl. Benja. Franklin Esqr. Passy

Addressed: The Honbl. Benja. Franklin / Esqr. / American Ambassador / at / Passy

Notation: E Watson & Cossoul May 20 1781

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

3Elkanah Watson and the Nantes merchant Cossoul had been in partnership for at least a year. In June, 1780, they had reported the loss of bills of exchange drawn on BF, but reported two months later that the bills had been found: XXVII, 63n; XXIX, 723n; XXXII, 45.

4Although Watson wrote BF on May 8, above, we have not found a reply from BF.

5Watson & Cossoul previously had used the Paris firm for financial transactions: XXXII, 45n.

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