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Francis Hopkinson to the American Commissioners, 9 November 1778

Francis Hopkinson6 to the American Commissioners

Three ALS:7 American Philosophical Society

Philadelphia Novr. 9th. 1778

Gentlemen.

I have to inform you that since my last of Sept 18th. I have emitted Loan Office Bills of Exchange as follows Viz

To the State New Jersey

10 Setts for  36 Dollr. each Numbered 989 to 998 Inclusive
10 . . do. . .  60 . . . . do. . . . . 328 to 337
10 . . do. . . 120 . . . . do. . . . . 327 to 336

To the State of Massachusetts Bay

48 Setts for 300 Dollr. Numbered 165 to 212
20 . . do. . . . . 600 . . . . do. . . . . 76 to 95

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

Fras. Hopkinson T. L.

Commr. at Paris.
No. 2

Addressed: To / The Commissioner or Commissioners / of the United States of America / at / Paris / (Duplicate) (In public service) No. 28

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

6BF’s old friend, now treasurer of loans. The commissioners were being sent bills of exchange because they had volunteered to pay the interest on them (XXIII, 470–1); for an explanation of their distribution to state loan offices see XXVII, 418. The purpose of Hopkinson’s letter was to inform the commissioners how to spot counterfeit bills. Hopkinson’s subsequent letters informing them of bills of exchange emitted to states are dated Dec. 11 (Pa. and N.J.), Jan. 4, 1779 (Mass.), Feb. 3 (Pa. and N.J.), and Feb. 20 (Md., N.Y., Mass., and Del.), and are at the APS.

7Marked “Duplicate”, “Triplicate”, “Quadruplicate”.

8On the lower left corner of the envelope the following admonition was written: “To be sunk if in Danger of falling into the Hands of the Enemy.”

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