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Francis Hopkinson to the American Commissioners, 5 March 1779

Francis Hopkinson to the American Commissioners

Three ALS:5 American Philosophical Society

Philada. March 5th. 1779

Gentlemen,

Since my last of Feby. 20th. there have issued from my office, the following Loan Office Bills of Exchange6

To the State of New Hampshire

25 Setts 12 Dollars each No. 1045— 1069
25  18 1045 — 1069
25  24 1045 — 1069
13  30 1044 — 1056
13  36 1054 — 1066
13  60 523 — 535
13 120 774 — 786

To the State of New Jersey

12 Setts 60 Dollr. each No. 536 — 547
10 120 787 — 796

To the State of Virginia

10 Setts 12 Dollr. each No. 1070— 1079
10 18 1070 — 1079
10 24 1070 — 1079
 5 30 1057 — 1061
 5 36 1067 — 1071
 5 60 548 — 552

I have the Honour to be Gentlemen, your very humble servt.

Fras. Hopkinson
Treasr. of Loans

(No. 7)
(Original)
Commrs. at Paris

Addressed: To / The Commissioner or Commissioners / of the United States of America / at / Paris / (Original) / (On public Service) (No. 7)7

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

5Marked “Original,” “Duplicate,” and “Triplicate.”

6The treasurer of loans had been reporting to the commissioners and to BF since September, 1778, on the distribution of bills of exchange to the state loan offices: XXVII, 417–18; XXVIII, 68–9. Hopkinson’s subsequent letters during the period of the present volume informing the commissioners what bills of exchange had been emitted are dated March 20 ($5,040 to N.J.), May 7 ($13,200 to N.Y.), June 5 ($21,600 to Pa.), and June 19 ($7,800 to N.J.). All the letters are at the APS.

In another letter of March 20 Hopkinson wrote that he had issued several sets of loan office bills amounting to $1,026, the originals having been lost. APS.

7On the lower left corner of the envelope the treasurer gave his customary admonition: “To be sunk if in Danger of falling into the Hands of the Enemy.”

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