From Stephen Girard1
Philada. [July 10, 1793]
Having received Notice from Mr Clement Biddle notary Public,2 that four Bills of Exchange on Mr Delaforest3 particularised at foot were unpaid and delivr’d to him for Protest from Bank of the United States I have apply’d to Mr Genet who has refered me to You for payment. As I have been told that you Could not pay those bills before the 3d of September next4 I beg as a particular favour that You Will accept them to be paid at any period which you will think Reasonable.
I am Respectfully
|No. 351||one Bill dated cape francois 14 Novr 92 payt. at 6 Mo.|
|352||one ditto||Same date & sight||566|
|365||One ditto||27 novr do.||1200|
|366||One ditto||ditto ditto||1234||⁹⁰⁄₁₀₀|
P S The above four Bills were presented to Mr. Delaforest the 31 Decemr 1792.
LC, The Papers of Stephen Girard, Girard College, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, permission granted by the Board of Directors of City Trusts.
1. Girard was a Philadelphia merchant and financier with extensive interests in the West India trade.
2. Biddle, who had served as commissary general of forage for the Continental Army and as quartermaster general of the Pennsylvania militia during the American Revolution, was a Philadelphia broker and merchant, as well as marshal of the District of Pennsylvania.
3. For information on the bills issued by the Santo Domingo administration on Antoine René Charles Mathurin de La Forest, see the introductory note to George Latimer to H, January 2, 1793; Jean Baptiste de Ternant to H, January 13, 1793; H to Edmond Charles Genet, June 4, 1793; “Conversation with George Hammond,” June 10–July 6, 1793, note 2.
4. An installment of one million five hundred thousand livres was due on the French debt on September 3, 1793.