Benjamin Franklin Papers

Editorial Note on Franklin’s Accounts, 1777

Editorial Note on Franklin’s Accounts

We have already discussed and described in the previous volume most of the accounts that are relevant to this one;1 only two of the ten listed there, nos. II and VIII, no longer apply. All that need be done here is to give details of the one newcomer.2

XI. Ferdinand Grand’s Accounts with the Commission, June 10, 1777, to February 11, 1779: Harvard University Library, 33 pp. plus a 1-p. extract.3

These deal solely with public transactions for the commissioners; they are presumably in the hand of one of Grand’s clerks, although they have marginal notes by William Temple Franklin. Sixteen sections in chronological order, consisting of debits and credits, cover periods of between one and three months apiece; at the end of each a balance has been struck.

1Above, XXIII, 19–22.

2An additional one-page Sollier account (Harvard University Library) is also technically a newcomer, but actually repeats part of those described before as no. IX. It is dated June 13, 1777, and details payments made between April 4 and June 2; a note gives their total, 22,787 l.t. Chaumont’s accounts in the APS will be discussed in a future volume; a single entry, however, records a payment on June 12, 1777, of 450.12.7 l.t. to JW for repairs to La Mère Bobie.

3Ten pages of the same accounts in WTF’s hand, running from June 12, 1777, to March 30, 1778, are in the APS.

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