From Francis Dana
Copy:6 Massachusetts Historical Society
St: Petersbourg Octr. 22d. 1782. OS.
[i.e., November 2, 1782]7
As it may be proper you shou’d be acquainted with the contents of the enclosed letter to Mr: Morris,8 I take the liberty to send it to you open, and to request you, after you have read it, to close it and to forward it by the earliest opportunity.
I am, Sir, with much respect and esteem, your most obedient humble Servant
His Excellency Benja: Franklin Esqr: Minister Plenipotentiary &c
6. A letterbook copy in Dana’s hand.
7. We print this letter under its date in the New Style, or Gregorian, calendar rather than the Old Style, or Julian, calendar still used in Russia.
8. Dated a day earlier, it was a covering letter for (and explanation of) Dana’s financial account with Congress.