Benjamin Franklin Papers

To Benjamin Franklin from the Board of Treasury, 3 November 1780

From the Board of Treasury

LS:5 American Philosophical Society

Treasury Office November 3d. 1780


The Board do themselves the honor to transmit enclosed sundry orders respecting bills of Exchange together with the resolutions authorising them to be drawn, that you may be enabled to discover counterfeits— You will please to observe, that the several extracts from the Minutes of this Office refer to other Extracts which it is presumed are in your possession.

No. 2. is an order executing the Resolve of Congress of the nineteenth of May last with a Copy of that resolution inclosed.—6 No. 3 is an order executing the resolve of the 9th. of August last—No. 5 an order executing the resolve of the 23d. of August last No. 6. an order executing the resolve of the 30th. of August last, a copy of all which resolves is inclosed in their respective orders— No. 4 is an order executing the resolve of the 3d of August last respecting bills of Exchange on the Commissionrs at Paris a Copy of which is inclosed.7 It is necessary here to take notice that the printers have made a mistake in the second third and fourth bills of each set of the last mentioned Exchange of the Denomination of sixty dollars—the words “inteterest of Money instead of the words interest due on Money.”

I have the honor to be with the greatest respect your most obt humble servant

Char Lee Secy.

The Hon’ble Benjamin Franklin Esqr. Minister plenipotentiary of the United States at the Court of Versailles

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

5In the hand of the Board’s secretary, Charles Lee (JCC, XVI, 325–6).

6The committee for foreign affairs had sent BF a copy of the resolve on July 11, above.

7James Lovell told BF on Aug. 15–22 about the latest resolves and sent him copies of them on Sept. 7; both covering letters are above. Note that it was the Board of Treasury that was entrusted with preparing the bills of exchange which Congress had resolved should be drawn on BF: JCC, XVII, 763, 794.

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