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The Commissioners to John Gilbank, 10 November 1778

The Commissioners to John Gilbank

Passy Novr. 10. 1778


We have received your Letter of October the sixth, and wish it was in our Power to do more for officers in your situation than We do, altho that amounts in the whole to a large sum. But as We have al­ready lent you as much Money as We have <lent>1 been able to lend to other officers of your Rank and in your Circumstances, <it is not in our Power>2 we cannot without a blameable Partiality <to> lend you any more. We, are, sir your most obedient humble servants3

LbC (Adams Papers).

1The following four words were interlined by Benjamin Franklin.

2The following two words were interlined by Benjamin Franklin.

3On 12 Sept. the Commissioners had ordered that 360 livres be paid to Gilbank (vol. 6:360). Their refusal to provide additional funds was not unusual, for on 11 Nov. (LbC, Adams Papers) they wrote an almost identical letter to Capt. William Hamilton and Lt. John Welch who, through payments approved on 30 Sept. and 10 Oct., had together received 1,032 livres (vol. 6:361).

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