To Jean Baptiste de Ternant
Sept. 21st. 1791.
Regretting most sincerely the calamitous event announced in your letter of this day, it is with real pleasure, I find myself in a condition to inform you, that the sum you desire is at your command to operate as a payment, on account of the debt due to France.
It will be most convenient to the Treasury if you can accommodate the objects you have to fulfill to the following installments—of a sum of Ten thousand dollars immediately—of a further sum of fifteen thousand dollars at the end of thirty days—and of the remaining fifteen thousand at the end of sixty days, the whole advance to be completed in sixty days.
I presume you will find this arrangement not less favorable to your purposes than the immediate possession of the intire sum. But you are, nevertheless, at liberty to draw for the whole or any part of it as fast as you may find it necessary. I reserve to myself, only the option of paying either here or at New York.
I have the honor to be Sir, Your most obed s
The Minister Plenipotentiary of France.
LS, Arch. des Aff. Etr., Corr. Pol., Etats-Unis description begins Transcripts or photostats from the French Foreign Office deposited in the Library of Congress. description ends , Vol. 20; copy (French translation), Arch. des Aff. Etr., Corr. Pol., Etats-Unis description begins Transcripts or photostats from the French Foreign Office deposited in the Library of Congress. description ends , Vol. 35.