Benjamin Franklin Papers

To Benjamin Franklin from Robert Morris, 26 June 1782

From Robert Morris

Copy: Library of Congress

Office of Finance 26. June 1782.,


The Bearer of this Letter Doctor Texier late Surgeon of Count Pulaski’s Legion will shew you a Certificate for two thousand one hundred and ten dollars signed by Joseph Nourse Esquire Register of the Treasury of the United States and issued by Virtue of a Warrant of the eighth day of January last from me. This Money is on Interest at six per Cent from the fifth of January 1782. and is the Balance still due after a partial Payment7 in Consequence of an Act of Congress of the twelfth of November, a Copy of which he will also shew you.8 Should it be perfectly convenient to you it will be a great Favor to him and agreable to me that this two thousand one hundred and ten Dollars be paid to Doctor Texier taking his Receipt in full of all Demands against the United States on the Back of the Certificate with three Copies thereof signed by him and sending them by different Opportunities. I mention two thousand one hundred and ten Dollars without noticing the Interest because in Case of Payment by you the Transaction will be substantially as if I had given him here a Bill of Exchange.

With all possible Respect I have the Honor to be Sir your most obedient and humble Servant

R M.

His Excelly. Benja. Franklin

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

7On Jan. 8, Morris ordered Felix Texier, a Frenchman who had served under Casimir Pulaski, one-fifth of his balance “on account of Depreciation and the remainder to be put on Interest.” Morris wrote the present letter in response to a June 26 visit from Texier requesting his remaining pay. On July 3, Texier applied to Morris for more money but was refused: Morris Papers, III, 506, 507n; V, 484, 519.

8The mention of this act was probably a copying error, as it refers specifically to Capt. Jacob Schreiber: JCC, XXI, 1111–2. Morris was doubtless using as a model for this letter a similar one he had previously written to BF about Schreiber: XXXVI, 197n. Morris had also written two others, which did not mention this act but otherwise were virtually identical in wording, for the baron de Frey and the baron d’Arendt: XXXVI, 196–7; above, March 22.

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