Benjamin Franklin Papers

To Benjamin Franklin from William Alexander, 17 July 1783

From William Alexander

ALS: American Philosophical Society

Paris 17 Julliet 1783

My Dear Sir

In case our friend Williams2 shoud not provide for Some bills drawn by Mr Bache of Philadelphia will You not think it proper to do it? They can hardly exceed 1000— If you think this proper—You shoud Write Williams to address the holders to you—3 My meaning in this is that you woud probably Chuse to save Mr Bache the dishonor & loss which is very Considerable on the return of Bills— I have written to Williams & am going to set out for St Germains.4 I beg my respects to Your Son & am wt greatest Esteem Dear Sir Your most obt hble S

W Alexander

If You write to Williams desire him to tell You the precise amount that You may know Exactly the Extent.

Addressed: A Son Excellence / Monsieur Le Docteur Franklin / Ministre Plenipotentiaire des / Etats Unis d’Ame à la Cour de France / à Passy

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]


3BF did so the next day: JW to BF, July 29.

4Alexander’s country estate in Saint-Germain-en-Laye: XXX, 153n, 263n.

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