Benjamin Franklin Papers

From Benjamin Franklin to Ferdinand Grand, 4 December 1780

To Ferdinand Grand

Copies: American Philosophical Society,4 Library of Congress

Passy, Dec. 4. 1780


In case you furnish Mr de Chaumont with Four hundred Thousand Livres tournois on Account of the Cloths he has sold to me, this shall authorise you to receive the said Sum out of the Aids of Government for the ensuing Year, in quarterly Payments, agreable to the Etat formerly settled, and to retain the same in your Hands in discharge of the Four hundred thousand Livres abovementioned: you returning to me the Order I gave you two Days since for the Payment of Fifty thousand Livres to the said M. de Chaumont.5 Witness my hand,

[lined through:] B Franklin

Mr Grand

Notation in Franklin’s hand: Dec. 4. 1780 Intended Authority to Mr Grand for furnishing 400,000 Livres to Mr de Chaumont on Acct of the Cloth  cancel’d.

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

4In BF’s hand. This appears to be BF’s retained copy of an agreement he later nullified, as indicated by the notation and the fact that the signature was lined through.

5Chaumont received 400,000 l.t. from Grand on Dec. 4 “sur ma reconnoissance”: Account XXVI (XXXII, 3).

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