Benjamin Franklin Papers

To Benjamin Franklin from William Lee, 8 July 1782

From William Lee

ALS and copy: American Philosophical Society; AL (draft): Virginia Historical Society

Bruxelles 8th. July 1782.


I am advised that Robt. Morris Esqr. The Superintendant General of Finance for Congress, has directed you to pay me, what is due to me from Congress out of the first money that came into your hands.4

I am now to request that you will please to inform me whether you have, or have not recd. such directions from Mr. Morris, & if you have, when I may draw on you for the Money.

A speedy answer will very much oblige me, who has the Honor of being with very high Respect Your Excellencies Most Obedt. & Most Hble Servt.5

W: Lee

His Excellency Benjamin Franklin Esq. at Passy.

Addressed: A Son Excellence / Monsieur Le Docteur B. Franklin Ecuyér / a Passy / pres Paris——

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

4See Livingston to BF, July 5. Arthur Lee, having learned from Robert Morris in March that BF was supposed to pay William Lee, had notified his brother: Morris Papers, IV, 400; Ford, Letters of William Lee, III, 864–5.

5Not receiving an answer, Lee sent another copy of this letter on Aug. 20 with a brief note: APS; draft at Va. Hist. Soc. He sent them to the care of Ferdinand Grand.

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