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To Benjamin Franklin from Schweighauser, [7 September 1780]

From Schweighauser

Extract:4 Archives du Ministère des affaires étrangères

[September 7, 1780]

Your Excellency wants me to have my Recourse on the above House [Puchelberg & Co. respecting the Disbursements for the Alliance]5 unless I excuse them. I cannot excuse them interely; because they have acted against my positive & repeated Orders; but it seems that they have been so much intimidated by Capt. Landais’s Threats, that they have not dared in a manner refuse him, and I am always obliged to bear this Advance, as they are established in that Port by me as a House en Comendite.—6

Extract of a Letter from M. Schweighauser to M. Franklin, dated Sept. 7. 1780.—

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

4The extract was made in 1783; see our annotation of Gourlade and Moylan, July 10, above.

5The brackets are on the MS.

6A translation of this extract, also at the AAE, renders this as “comme une Maison de commission.”

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