Benjamin Franklin Papers

To Benjamin Franklin from Thomas Digges, 25 June 1779

From Thomas Digges

AL: Historical Society of Pennsylvania

25th. June 1779

I am happy to inform You that I have found out Mr. Peters after I had given over hopes of Him & supposing Him dead. He desires of me to place the remittance intended for him in the hands of Messrs. Fuller & Co. Bankers in London to whom I have applyd to accept my bill on You for the one hundred pound you limit Me to go to, but they being unusd to negotiate French Bills desird me to look out among the French Merchts. to get the Bills negotiated & the amount paid to Fuller & Co. for Mr Peters’s use. I think of looking after this business before the next packet sails & if it can be done I will draw the Bill on You payable at the House of Monr. Grand & advice You thereof by next packet.1

The box of books were sent as you directed and I shall by first oppery. send You the Bill of Parcells wch. amount to £9:19:6 the Charges of Cocket &ca. &ca. two or three shillings more, so that I shall make my draft on You an equal ten pounds: It will be better I include this sum in Peters’s Bill & make it one hundd & ten pounds but I shall inform You in the course of Post if this mode is adopted. M. Peters writes me he is old & rather infirm and lives near Nottingham. My two former letters to that quarter miscarryd by being directed to Mrs. Roberts’s but I have wrote to him to find them out. I am &ca &ca &ca.


Dr. Franklin

1In another letter, which refers to this one as having been sent by “last post,” Digges informed BF that the regular packets had stopped, and that he had been advised to draw from Grand at ten days’ sight. He would thus draw in livres the equivalent of £110 sterling at the London exchange rate, made payable to Messrs. French and Hobson, since Fuller and Co. lacked the necessary connections in Paris. He asked BF’s advice on how to direct bills to Ostend, since the immediate conveyance had now ceased. This second letter bears a date of June 19, but must have been written at the end of the month. The next of Digges’ letters, dated July 6, mentions having written BF “a few days ago” about drawing a bill on Grand. Both letters are at the Hist. Soc. of Pa. and are printed in Elias and Finch, Digges Letters, pp. 66–9.

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