Benjamin Franklin Papers

From Benjamin Franklin to Vergennes, 1 February 1782

To Vergennes8

LS:9 Archives du Ministère des affaires étrangères; copy: Library of Congress

Passy, Feb. 1. 1782.


By certain Resolutions of Congress, dated Nov. 27. & Dec. 3. 1781, Mr. Morris, Superintendant of Finances, is authorised and directed to take under his Care, apply and dispose of all Monies which have been or may be obtained in Europe by Subsidy, Loan or otherwise.1 And by his Letters to me of the same Dates supposing the Dutch Loan of five Millions of Florins to be in my Hands, he gives me Directions to dispose of the same in various Ways to Answer the Purposes of his Office.

I am therefore to request that your Excellency would be pleased to order an Account to be given me of the Expences and other Deductions to be made from that Loan, that I may as soon as possible acquaint Mr. Morris with the State of it for his Government: and I also pray that the Remainder may be delivered to me as soon as convenient, that I may apply it as by him directed.

With great and Sincere Respect, I am Sir, Your Excellency’s most obedient, and most humble Servant

B Franklin

Le Comte de Vergennes

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

8Written at the suggestion of Gérard de Rayneval and enclosed with BF’s letter to him of the following day, below.

9In the hand of L’Air de Lamotte, except for the last six words of the complimentary close, which are in BF’s hand.

1JCC, XXI, 1142, 1149–50.

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