Benjamin Franklin Papers

The Commerce Committee to the American Commissioners, 16 May 1778: résumé

The Commerce Committee to the American Commissioners1

LS:2 American Philosophical Society; copy: Library of Congress

<York, May 16, 1778: We enclose a contract with Theveneau de Francy as agent for Caron de Beaumarchais. You will please liquidate and send the property of the accounts of Roderigue Hortalez & Co., taking care to distinguish the property of the crown from the company’s private property. We send an invoice of the articles to be imported from France, and the relevant actions of Congress. The British blockade has prevented exporting tobacco to you, but we have sent several ships to South Carolina for rice.>

1Published in Taylor, Adams Papers, VI, 127–8.

2The signers are William Ellery, Richard Hutson, and Thomas Adams. For the first two see the DAB and for the third Burnett, Letters, III, lxi, and the Directory of Congress.

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