Office of Finance 4th June 1782.
Since I wrote you in Cypher relating to the Loan in France I have received Letters from Doctor Franklin which made it proper to communicate the Matter to Congress. By those Letters and by Communications from the french Minister on the Part of his Court it appeared that Mr Franklin had already anticipated the whole of this Loan excepting the small Part which I have drawn for, so that we can count upon nothing from that Quarter towards the Relief of our Necessities. In Consequence of this and of other matters of the like Kind which I found myself compelled to lay before the United states in Congress they have appointed two Gentlemen of their Body to go to the Eastern and two others to the southern States. Messrs Root and Montgomery will I presume have been at Head Quarters before this Letter reaches you and will have explained to your Excellency more fully than I can do by writing the State of our Public Affairs. This Letter will go by Colo. Wadsworth and therefore I shall trust it as well as my other Letter of this Date without using our Cypher. I have the honor to be Your Excellencies Most Obedt & most hble servant
DLC: Papers of George Washington.