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The American Commissioners to John Ross, 30 September 1778: résumé

The American Commissioners to John Ross8

ALS:9 Detroit Public Library; AL (draft): Massachusetts Historical Society; copies: National Archives (four); transcript: National Archives

<Passy, September 30, 1778: We received yours of September 22. We have no authority to give you orders or advice beyond what concerns the large sum of money advanced you by the commissioners some time ago for which you refuse to account. We have nothing to do with your private affairs and your relationship to Congress, nor can we be justified in advancing more money to someone whose refusal to submit accounts has been accompanied by circumstances of indecency. Save yourself the trouble of writing us until those accounts are settled. P.S.1 Mr. Williams’ accounts indicate an advance of 20,000 livres to you as well.>

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

8Published in Taylor, Adams Papers, VII. The letter it is answering is missing.

9In JA’s hand.

1Added by Arthur Lee and signed by the commissioners.

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