Benjamin Franklin Papers

The American Commissioners to John Ross, 13 April 1778: résumé

The American Commissioners to John Ross9

Copies: Massachusetts Historical Society, National Archives (two)

<Passy, April 13, 1778: We are unable to comply with your request because the papers are Mr. William Lee’s; he is in Frankfurt, where you may be able to reach him by letter. Neither can we make further advances. We wish you to account for the goods bought with the funds we provided, but we cannot make a complete settlement; the money with Mr. Schweighauser under Mr. Robert Morris’ orders should be spent according to those orders. We do not think proper to give you the passports for which you ask.>

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

9Published in Butterfield, John Adams Diary, IV, 50–1; see also pp. 52–3. The letter, except for the final sentence, appears to be a belated answer to Ross’s above of March 28; that sentence is presumably relevant to another letter that has been lost.

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