Benjamin Franklin Papers

To Benjamin Franklin from James Cuming, 18 October 1779

From James Cuming

ALS: American Philosophical Society

L’Orient 18th. 8bre. 1779


I am honoured with your letter of the 30th. Ulto.—

It gives me particular pleasure to hear you have receiv’d several packets—making no doubt but those to my care were among them.—

Permit me to return you thanks for your desire of accomodating me.—

Sir John Lambert at Paris5 advises me that all the Bills I sent him on the Hble. the Commissrs: are accepted among which were those drawn in favour of Mr. Tharp— Nevertheless I take the liberty to Inclose you Mr. Tharps letter—

The purchase of the Cargo for the Sloop Pap Called me to distant parts of the Country which prevented my answering you before—

I shall deliver the letter directed to Mr Lovell to the Captn. of the Sloop Pap with particular directions to comply with your desire in distroying it in case of necessity—

I have the Honour to be Your Excellencies—Most Obt. Hble. Servt.

Jas. Cuming

Addressed: His Excellency / Benjamin Franklin Esqr. / at / Passy

Notation: Jas: Cuming Oct 18. 79

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

5An English baronet and Paris banker: XIX, 189n; Lüthy, Banque protestante, II, 320; Almanach des marchands, p. 374.

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