Benjamin Franklin Papers

The American Commissioners to [John Ross], 9 September 1778: résumé

The American Commissioners to [John Ross]7

AL (draft): Massachusetts Historical Society

<Passy, September 9, 1778: We acknowledge yours of August 29. We are authorized to discharge neither your private nor your public debts. If you purchased goods with money sent you by the commissioners and had given us an account, we could have given you orders. As it is, any goods you have belonging to the United States should be delivered to Mr. Schweighauser. You have failed to account for large sums entrusted you by the commissioners. Reconsider your conduct in conscience and send no more letters until they are in keeping with public service.>

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

7Published in Taylor, Adams Papers, VII, where the identity of the intended recipient is explained notwithstanding the absence of an Aug. 29 letter. This letter was marked “not sent”; sections of it were deleted on two different occasions.

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