Benjamin Franklin Papers

To Benjamin Franklin from Arthur Lee, 28 May 1777

From Arthur Lee

Two copies and transcript: National Archives

Vienna May 28 1777

Dear Sir

The post in and nothing from you. I therefore shall proceed to Morrow and hope to reach my destination in eight days. The chief purpose for giving Money in my memorial was to pay the Interest of our Loans and Support our funds. I added the paying the Ship we were obliged to build in Holland in lieu of those requested. To these purposes therefore they will expect the Money will be apply’d.9 Yours &c.

Dr. Franklin

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

9“They” were the Spanish government, from which Lee had requested funds. Before leaving Paris for Berlin he had arranged that in his absence Gardoqui, go-between in the negotiations, should correspond with BF: Wharton, Diplomatic Correspondence, II, 279–80, 315.

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