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From Benjamin Franklin to John Jay, 15 January 1781

To John Jay

ALS: Reproduced in Joseph M. Maddalena, Profiles in History Auction Catalogue no. 15 (Beverly Hills, California, Winter, 1991), p. 3.

Passy, Jan. 15. 1781

Dear Sir

I am much in your Debt on Account of Letters. I have had a long Fit of the Gout, and am but just getting abroad again after near 10 Weeks Confinement. I have accepted your Bill.9 I shall write fully to you & Mr Carmichael very soon. This accompanies a Number of Pacquets & Letters for you from Ams. which I have done up in two Pacquets.1 I wish you & yours every Felicity, being with great Esteem, Dear Sir, Your most obedient & most humble Servant

B Franklin

Honble John Jay Esqr.

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

9Presumably the one for 13,770 l.t. that Jay reported on Dec. 25, above. Grand made a payment to Jay’s banker François Cabarrus for that amount on April 2: Account XXVII (XXXII, 4).

1Which BF sent to Gérard de Rayneval for forwarding; see the Jan. 16 entry in his Journal (published under the date of Dec. 18).

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