From Robert Morris
Copy: Library of Congress
Office of Finance 22d. January 1782.
I send enclosed herewith the Copy of a Certificate the original whereof was transmitted to me by Monsr. de la Tombe Consul General of France from Boston after the unloading of the Transports which arrived at that Post with the Stores shipped on them by Order of Colo. Laurens.7 The original I shall keep and not knowing with whom the Accounts of Freight is to be settled nor by whom to be paid, I only take this precaution of sending Copies to you, in Order that you may know the Times of discharge should the Business pass through your Hands or any other Person by your Appointment.
I have the Honor to remain your Excellency’s most obedient and humble Servant
His Excelly Benja. Franklin
7. The supplies had arrived on Aug. 25, 1781: XXXV, 421n. Philippe-André-Joseph de Létombe (b. 1733) was French consul for the New England states: Abraham P. Nasatir and Gary Elwyn Monell, comps., French Consuls in the United States: a Calendar of Their Correspondence in the Archives Nationales (Washington, D.C., 1967), p. 563. We have not located the certificate, which Morris had requested from La Luzerne (Morris Papers, III, 193, 469).