Benjamin Franklin Papers

To Benjamin Franklin from Thomas Digges, 7 March 1780

From Thomas Digges

ALS: Historical Society of Pennsylvania

London 7 Mar. 1780

Dr. Sir

I am to beg the favour of you to inform me by first post, If the following American bills of Exa. are good ones; They are lodgd in my hands by a Countryman who waits to know their fate; that is, whether others of the same tenor & date have, or have not been paid. A letter sent to the former direction by Post, W.S. C—— at N——os Coffee Ho.7 with such information will greatly oblige Sr. Your Most Obt. Servant


No. 27— For 30 Dolls. dated feby. 23d 1779—Payle to Jona Warner countersignd Nicholas Gilman for State of N Hampshire—8
26— For 30 Dolls. dated, payable, & countersignd, as above
25— For 30 Dolls Do   Do   Do
166— For 24 Dollars dated Feby. 15. 1779—payable to Jonan Warner, countersignd Nat Appleton Massachusts.9 N.B. the above are all seconds—
No. 173  For 24 Dollars dated Feby 23 1779 payle to Peter Boilston Adams,1 countersignd by Natl Appleton Massachusets bay. N.B. this is a first bill.
138 Drs.

Addressed: Monsieur / Monsieur B. Franklin / Passy

Notations: M. Digges 11. Mars. 1780. Londone. / March 7 1780 / ansd 20. Mar 802

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

7William Singleton Church, Nandos Coffee House.

8Warner may have been the Jonathan Warner (d. 1803) who was a brigadier general of Mass. militia: Francis B. Heitman, ed., Historical Register of Officers of the Continental Army during the War of the Revolution … (rev. ed., Baltimore, 1982), p. 569; Robert A. Feer, Shays’s Rebellion (New York and London, 1988), p. 323. Nicholas Gilman was commissioner of the state continental loan office: Frank C. Mevers, ed., The Papers of Josiah Bartlett (Hanover, N.H., 1979), p. 154.

9Nathaniel Appleton (1713–98), son of the Rev. Nathaniel Appleton (XXI, 226n), was commissioner of the continental loan office for Massachusetts: Sibley’s Harvard Graduates, XII, 355–9.

1Peter Boylston Adams (1738–1823), JA’s younger brother: Butterfield, John Adams Diary, I, 66n.

2On that date BF wrote Digges that all of Warner’s other bills had been presented by Mr. Knox (William Knox, XXX, 97n) and paid on Sept. 24, 1779. Bill No. 173, however, had not yet arrived. Library of Congress.

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