Benjamin Franklin Papers

From Benjamin Franklin to John Adams, 11 January 1782

To John Adams

ALS: Massachusetts Historical Society; copy: Library of Congress

Passy, Jan. 11. 1782


Your Excellency will see by the within7 the Situation I am in, & will thence judge how far it may be proper for you to accept farther Drafts on Mr Laurens, with any Expectation of my enabling you to pay them, when I have not only no Promise of more Money, but an absolute Promise that I shall have no more.— I shall use my Endeavours however, but am not sure of Succeeding, as we seem to have done what I long fear’d we should do, tir’d out our Friends by our endless Demands to pay Drafts unexpected and boundless.—8 With the Million mentioned I can continue paying to the End of February, & then, if I get no more, must shut up Shop. I have the honour to be, with great Respect, Sir, Your Excellency’s most obedient and most humble Servant

B Franklin

His Excelly. J. Adams Esqr

Endorsed: Dr Franklin 11. Jan. 1782 ansd 25.— inclosed is a Letter from M. Le Cte. De Vergennes.

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

7He enclosed a copy (in L’Air de Lamotte’s hand) of Vergennes’ letter of Dec. 31, which now is filed with the present letter at the Mass. Hist. Soc.

8See BF’s letter to McKean of Nov. 5, 1781.

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