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The American Commissioners: Receipt for Money from the French Treasury, 17 January 1777

The American Commissioners: Receipt for Money from the French Treasury6

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At Paris, this 17th Day of January, 1777.

We the underwritten, Ministers plenipotentiary from the Congress of the United States of America, do hereby acknowledge, that we have received of Mons. Micaut d’Harvelay, Garde du Tresor Royal,7 the Sum of Five Hundred Thousand Livres, Money of France. Witness our Hands,

B Franklin
Silas Deane
Arthur Lee

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

6The loan discussed in the preceding letter.

7Joseph Micault d’Harvelay held his position in odd-numbered years from 1755 to 1785; see John F. Bosher, French Finances, 1770–1795 . . . (Cambridge, 1970), pp. 89–90. A receipt in slightly simplified form for the second quarterly installment of the promised two million livres, signed on April 3, is in the Yale University Library.

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