Benjamin Franklin Papers

To Benjamin Franklin from Richard Peters, 28 April 1780

From Richard Peters

ALS: American Philosophical Society

Philada. 28th. Aprl 1780

Dr Sir

A Disappointment in procuring a Bill which much chagrines me has prevented my sending you the Ballance of the Money you were so obliging to advance to my Father & for which I beg to repeat my most sincere Thanks.9 I hope to be more fortunate the next Oppertunity which shall offer. The Difficulty of Remittance is so great that I cannot expect any farther Advances but shall trouble you only when my Remittances shall be sent for the purpose. I beg your Care of the enclosed Letters which I have sent to be forwarded by you. The Enemy had made no Attack on Charlestown the 8th. instant.

I have the Honour to be with the highest Respect & Esteem your very obed Servt1

Richard Peters

Mrs. Peters’s most respectful Compliments. Monsr Trecesson’s Draft not yet presented. I hear he is gone to the W Indies where I have written to inform him I am ready to pay the Money when the Bill is presented.2

Dr Franklin

Addressed: His Excellency / Benjamin Franklin / Minister Plenipotentiary / of the United States of America / Passi near / Paris / Hond by Dr John Foulke

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

9On March 28, above, Peters had sent BF 720 l.t. as a partial payment on what he owed.

1Peters wrote another letter to BF on April 28. It recommended John Foulke, a worthy young man of promising medical abilities. On that same day Benjamin Rush also wrote Franklin on Foulke’s behalf. He observed that Foulke carried with him “the good wishes of thousands.” Both letters are at the APS.

2He wrote Trécesson that very day: XXX, 585n.

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