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To Benjamin Franklin from Alexander John Alexander, 14 December 1779

From Alexander John Alexander

ALS: American Philosophical Society

Passi 14th Decr: 1779

Dr: Sir

I expected to have had the pleasure of breakfasting with you allongst with my Brother who is returned & to have beged the favour of you to have delivered the two Memoires Inclosed to Mr De Sartine & Mr De Vergennes which I mentioned to you on Sunday8 I am most respectfully Dr Sir your Most Obt Humble Servt

A: J: Alexander

Notation: Alexander A. J. 14. Dec. 1779.

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

8Apparently the memoirs were drafted on Alexander’s behalf by a Monsieur Loiseau for delivery to Vergennes, Sartine, and Maurepas. Alexander describes them in an undated memorandum of his own to BF. They concern the legal tangle over William and Alexander John Alexander’s estates on the island of Grenada, which had been mortgaged to the London banking firm of Walpole & Ellison and subsequently sequestered: XXIX, 689n; XXX, 579–80n. Loiseau asks that the property be returned and a court appointed, on Grenada or elsewhere, to inquire into the case. Alexander merely wishes in the interim that the revenue of his estates be divided fairly among his creditors, after 1,000 louis per annum is deducted for the support of his family. Since payment of English debts during the war is prohibited, he proposes depositing the produce from the estates with Congress, to be applied to his debts, with accumulated interest, after the peace. Some of the money belongs to JW (through his wife’s dowry, for which see XXX, 316n), and it is important that this be recovered as soon as possible. After summarizing Loiseau’s memoirs Alexander asks BF to intercede with the French ministers and inquires when he may get passage to Grenada. He also wishes to take an oath of allegiance to the U.S. APS.

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