Benjamin Franklin Papers

Thomas Middleton to the American Commissioners, 20 November 1778

Thomas Middleton3 to the American Commissioners

Three LS: American Philosophical Society

Philada. Novr. 20th. 1778


I received Two Bills of Exchange drawn by Francis Hopkinson on you for Interest due to me on Money lent the Publick, & having had the Misfortune to loose these drafts I advertized them as you will see by the enclosed paper4 which however has not produced a return of the Bills & lays me under a Necessity of Troubling you to request that you will not pay these drafts when they appear unless endorsed with my hand writing & accompanied with a Letter from me advising of my having regained them. The Bills are as follows drawn drawn in my favour —

One Sett dated Octr. 10th. 1778 No. 65. for Twenty four Dollars

One Sett dated Octr. 10th. 1778. No. 654. for Eighteen Dollars—both drawn by Francis Hopkinson Esqr. on you Gentn. & countersigned by Thos. Smith Esqr. Loan Officer in this State. I hope that for the sake of Justice, you will attend to this matter & not allow my Money to be paid to any but my order & you will much oblige Honble Gentn. Your Obed. hble Servt.

Thomas Middleton

No. 1.
The Honble American Commissioners At the Court of France

Notation: 2 plicate

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

3Son of a president of the Continental Congress and brother of a signer of the Declaration of Independence, Thomas Middleton (1753–97) was a future S.C. legislator; see the capsule biography in the S.C. Hist. and Geneal. Mag., I (1900), 252–3.


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