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William Bingham to the American Commissioners, 5 August 1778

William Bingham to the American Commissioners

Two LS: American Philosophical Society

a st. Pierres le 5 aout 1778

Messieurs

Suivant Les Intentions Du Congrès j’ay L’honneur De Vous Donner avis que j’ay faits Traitte ce jour sur vous ordre De Monsieur aubin Bellevue Pour la somme De Mil Livres Tournois Payable a Trois Mois De Vue que je vous Prie D’avoir La bonté D’accueillir favorablement et en passer le Montant a L’acompte Des Etats unis De L’amerique.2 J’ay L’honneur D’etre très Parfaitement Messieurs Votre très humble et très obeissant serviteur

Wm Bingham

A Messrs. Benjn. franklin et Jean Adams Commiss. Des Etats Unis De L’amerique a Paris.

Addressed: A Messieurs / Messieurs Benj. franklin / et Jean Adams Commiss. Des / Etats Unis De Lamerique / a Paris

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

2For Bingham’s authorization to draw on the commissioners see BF to Lovell on July 22. During the remainder of 1778 there are four similar letters in French from Bingham (APS): Aug. 6 for 2,666 l.t., 13 s., 4 d., payable to de Moriac, merchant at Bordeaux; Aug. 10 for 15,000 l.t., payable to Jh. François Majastre of Marseilles; Sept. 1 for 2,200 l.t., payable to [William?] Lee, and Sept. 17 for 22,705 l.t., 17 s., payable to Les Cousins Pascal, merchants at Marseilles. These are the first extant letters from Bingham not written in English. At the APS are also two lists sent by Bingham on Aug. 26 and Sept. 6 of “sundry Setts of Exchange” drawn by him. On the back of the latter BF wrote “Recd. Nov. 18. 1778. Had accepted before

One presented by Bernier   600.0.0
Beauvais  6600.0.0
Do  4400.0.0
Bailly 10000.0.0
De Perpigna  1682.4.8
des Hommets 4144.18.0
Lee 22000.0.0
Antin Bellerce  1000.0.0
Majastre 15000.0.0”

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