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From Benjamin Franklin to Richard Peters, 25[–27] October 1779

To Richard Peters

Copy: Library of Congress

Passy, Oct. 25.[–27] 1779.


With great Difficulty and after much Enquiry my Correspondent in England found out the residence of your honoured father and furnished him by my orders with an hundred Pounds sterling.— I have a Letter from him acknowledging the Receipt of it; and he writes one to you which I forward by this Conveyance.2 He desires me to give you my sentiments what Channel may be best for you to use in making future Remittances. I know none better, than to vest what you send in Congress interest Bills which if you transmit to me, I will take care to remit the accounts to him in a Bill upon England. I request you to send me in the same Bills the Sum I have already advanced as above, by the first opportunity as I have many occasions for Money here. Make my Compliments acceptable to Mrs. Peters, and believe me to be with great Esteem Your sincere friend and most obedient humble servant.

P.S. Oct. 27. I have this Day drawn on you at 10 Days sight for twenty five Louis in favour of Mr. De Carné Trecesson3 which drafts I make no Doubt will be duly honoured.

Richard Peters Esqe.

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

2See William Peters to BF, Aug. 12. BF recorded in his Cash Book (see XXVI, 3) on Oct. 24 a payment for, “Richard Peters Dr for 100£ Sterling advanc’d by me to his Father in England, thru Mr Digges.”

3Louis-Marie-Victor Carné de Trécesson (b. 1759) had gone to America in 1778 to serve as a volunteer in La Rouërie’s legion, then as aide-de-camp to General du Portail. In May, 1779, he left to rejoin the Armagnac regiment in Martinique: Lasseray, Les Français, I, 144–6. BF’s Cash Book, under the date of Oct. 27, states that he “Received of M. le Comte de Chateaugiron, Twenty-five Louis, for which I gave him my Draft on Mr. Richard Peters at Phila. payable to Mr Carné de Trecession … 600—.” On April 28, 1780, Peters informed Trécesson that BF, under the assumption Trécesson was still in Col. Armand’s corps, had sent to him there a letter advising him of the arrangement. Peters, however, could not pay the twenty-five louis until an endorsed bill was presented. William Bingham in Martinique would no doubt cheerfully negotiate the affair. APS.

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