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Francis Hopkinson to the American Commissioner or Commissioners, 24 July 1780

Francis Hopkinson to the American Commissioner or Commissioners

Three ALS:4 American Philosophical Society

Philada. July 24th. 1780

Gentlemen./

Since my last of the 27th. of June5 the following Sets of Exchange have issued from my office vizt.

To the State of Maryland

dlr Dolr
7 Sets 100 each No. 1–7 700
5 200 1–5 1000
1 300 1 300
1 500 1  500
2500

To the State of Pennsylvania

dlr dol
4 Sets 100 each No. 8–11 400
19 200 6–24 3800
12 300 2–13 3600
8 400 1–8 3200
8 500 2–9  4000
15,000

To the State of Rhode Island

dol dllr
5 Sets 100 each No. 12–16 500
5 200 25–29 1000
1500

To the State of Connecticut

dolr. Dollr
4 Sets 100 each No. 17–20 400
6 200 30–35 1200
5 300 14–18 1500
1 400 9 400
1 500 10  500
4000

To the State of Virginia

dor dolr
5 Sets 200 each No. 36–40 1000
2 300 19–20 600
1 400 10  400
2000

Also

dlr dollr
150 Sets 12 each No. 2126–2275 1800
100 18 1958–2057 1800
25 24 2173–2197 600
25 30 2691–2715  750
4950

I have the Honour to be Gentn. Your very humble Servt.

Fras Hopkinson
Treasr. of Loans6

(No. 18)
(Duplicate)

Addressed: To The Honourable / The Commissioner or Commissioners / of the United States of America / at Paris / (No. 18) / (On public service) / (Duplicate) / To be sunk if in Danger of falling into the Hands of the Enemy

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

4The ones we do not print are marked “Triplicate” and “Quadruplicate.”

5For which see XXXII, 63n.

6During the months covered by the present volume Hopkinson dispatched several other lists of loan office bills, compiled to help American commissioners in Europe distinguish valid certificates from counterfeit ones. On Oct. 23, as directed by the Board of the Treasury, he sent the numbers and denominations of interest bills issued to New York, Pennsylvania, New Hampshire, South Carolina, Georgia, Connecticut, Delaware, New Jersey, Rhode Island, and Massachusetts. He also reported that as he had received no orders to provide similar information for the new emissions of larger bills, which were likely to become very complex, he would omit sending their numbers unless requested otherwise. On three occasions Hopkinson gave notice of duplicate sets of bills he had signed to replace original ones that had been lost: on Sept. 18, Nov. 3, and Nov. 6, he wrote that he had signed the fifth, sixth, seventh, and eighth sets of various bills, amounting to $396, $72, and $156 respectively. All the documents mentioned are at the APS.

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