Benjamin Franklin Papers

From Benjamin Franklin to Samuel Huntington, 11 June 1781

To Samuel Huntington

LS,3 transcript, and press copy: National Archives; AL (draft) and copy: Library of Congress; copy: New York Public Library

Passy, June 11. 1781.


I have lately done myself the honour of writing largely to your Excellency by divers Conveyances, to which I beg leave to refer.4 This is chiefly to cover the Copy of a Letter I have just received from the Minister, relative to the Disposition of the late Loans;5 by which will be seen the Situation I am in with respect to my Acceptances of the Quantities of Bills drawn by Congress, on Mr. Jay, Mr Lawrens, Mr Adams & self, which I enter’d into in the Expectation both Col. Lawrens & myself entertain’d, that a Part of these Loans might be applied to the Payment of these Bills, but which I am now told cannot be done without an express Order from Congress. I shall endeavour to change the Sentiments of the Court in this Respect, but am not sure of succeeding. I must therefore request that a Resolution of Congress may immediately be sent, impowering me to apply as much of those Loans as shall be necessary for the Discharge of all such Drafts of Congress; or for the Repayment of such Sums as I may in the mean time be obliged to borrow for the Discharge of those Drafts.—

I have the Honour to be, with great Respect, Sir, Your Excellency’s most obedient and most humble Servant

B Franklin

His Exy. Saml. Huntington Esqr. President of Congress.

Notation: Letter June 11. 1781 B. Franklin Read 1 March 1782

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

3In WTF’s hand, except for the last six words of the complimentary close, which are in BF’s.

4BF had written a lengthy letter to Huntington on May 14, above.

5Above, June 8.

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