ALS: American Philosophical Society
Nantz 5. June 1779
Since the Letter, I had the honor of adressing your Excellency the 22. ultmo. I am without any of your esteemed favor. The purpose of this will serve to inclose the Account of my disbursements for the Alliance
|amounting to||79237. 9.||l.t.|
|& the account of those
made for the Brig Morris
|on account of which I have
already drawn at 10 days
|ded. ⅓ % loss 33.6.8|
|remains for ballance||81448. 3.6.||l.t.|
Which I have this day taken the liberty to draw on Your Excellencÿ at 20. days date as per the note at foot2 which I hope will meet your approbation, by the first safe Conveyance I will send you my Vouchers if requisite, as also a recapitulation or State of the Arsenal, that is of the number of Articles Shipt & of those now remaining.3
In Sending You the account of what has been paid for the forementioned Continental frigate & brig Morris at Lorient I will add whatever other accounts appear as also the last from Brest which I have not yet received.
I hope the Morris is actually Safe arriv’d at Lorient
With profound Respect I am Your Excellency’s Most obedient & most humble Servant
J. Dl. Schweighauser
To His Excellency Benjamin Franklin Esqr. Minister Plenipotentiarÿ from the United States of America at the Court of France Passÿ
2. On a separate sheet Schweighauser listed twenty-nine separate drafts on BF totaling 81,857 l.t., 9 s., 6 d. minus ½ percent loss (409 l.t., 6 s.) for a net total of 81,448 l.t., 3 s., 6 d.
3. For the arsenal and for the brig Morris, mentioned in the following paragraph, see BF’s letter to Schweighauser of April 5.