Benjamin Franklin Papers

From Benjamin Franklin to Robert Morris, 9 January 1782

To Robert Morris

Copy:7 Library of Congress

Passy, Jany. 9. 1782.


I have long feared that by our continually worring the Ministry here with successive afterclap Demands for more and more money, we should at length tire out their Patience. Bills are still coming in Quantities drawn on Mr. Jay, Mr. Laurens & Mr. Adams. Spain & Holland have afforded little toward Paying them; & Recourse has therefore been had to me. You will see by the enclosed Letter the Situation I am at length brought into.8 With the Million mentioned, I shall be able to pay till the End of February, when if I can get no more Money I must stop. I therefore give you this Notice, that Provision may be made in time for discharging the Protests with Honour. The Friendly Disposition towards us continues: But we should take Care not to impose too much upon friendship. Let us exert vigorously our own Strength. I see yet no Prospect of Peace this Summer. The Expence of the War to France itself is heavy; and we have had of her this last year more than Twenty Millions.9 I am ever, with greatest Esteem, Sir, Your most obedient & most humble Servt.

Honble. R. Morris Esqr. I. G. F.1

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

7In the hand of L’Air de Lamotte.

8Undoubtedly Vergennes’ letter of Dec. 31, above.

9A 4,000,000 l.t. loan, a 6,000,000 l.t. grant, and a French-guaranteed loan of 10,000,000 l.t. raised in the Netherlands; see the statement accompanying BF to Vergennes, Feb. 15.

1Inspector General of Finances?

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