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The American Commissioners to Beaumarchais, 10 September 1778: résumé

The American Commissioners to Beaumarchais4

AL (draft): Massachusetts Historical Society; two copies: National Archives

<Passy, September 10, 1778: The cargo of the Thérèse has been assigned to us. We do not know how you claim her as your vessel since Mr. Montieu claims her as his and demands the remainder of our payment for her hire.5 We request your attention to our powers and instructions from Congress. Until the accounts of Roderigue Hortalez & Cie. are settled we cannot send you the proceeds of the sale of the cargo. We will give orders that they be reserved to be paid the firm or its representative as soon as the accounts are settled or the contract between Congress and the company is ratified by the company and us. We are ready to confer with the firm or its representative at whatever time or place they or you wish.>

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

4Published in Taylor, Adams Papers, VII and Morton, Beaumarchais Correspondance, IV, 226–30.

5See Beaumarchais’ letter of Sept. 5. Jean-Joseph Carié de Montieu chartered ships to Beaumarchais’ Roderigue Hortalez & Cie.: XXIII, 200 n; Taylor, Adams Papers, VII.

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