Benjamin Franklin Papers

To Benjamin Franklin from Gourlade & Moylan, [10 July 1780]

From Gourlade & Moylan6

Extract:7 Archives du Ministère des affaires étrangères

[July 10, 1780]

You will find from the Perusal of these Papers (Copies of the Correspondence between Capt. Landais & M. Moylan) that we do not refuse furnishing the Fregate Alliance with the Provisions necessary for the daily Support of her Crew.8

Extract of a Letter from Messrs. Gourlade & Moylan, dated July 10. 1780, to B. Franklin.

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

6In answer to BF’s of June 24 (XXXII, 584–5).

7This extract and two others (Schweighauser’s letters of July 15 and Sept. 7, both below) were made by L’Air de Lamotte in 1783 for Thomas Barclay to use in his review of BF’s accounts: Barclay to BF, Dec. 16, 1783, AAE. French translations of the extracts are also at the AAE.

8The copies of the Landais-Moylan correspondence are missing, but Landais had complained to Puchelberg, the American commercial agent in Lorient, that Moylan was refusing to cooperate and asked that action be taken against him: Landais to Puchelberg, June 16, 1780 (National Archives).

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