Benjamin Franklin Papers

To Benjamin Franklin from Richard Peters, 16 December 1780

From Richard Peters

ALS: American Philosophical Society

Philada. Decr. 16. 1780

Dear Sir

I have just heard of an Adventure of mine out of which I directed you to be paid being captured by the Enemy on its Way to France. I am much chagrined that owing to this Dissappointment you have not received the Money. I sent £30 Sterg & now remit in a Bill for 200 Dollars £45 Sterg.6 This with Chevr Trecesson’s Bill7 will make up the £100 Sterg advanced for me & when the whole is settled I shall beg you to accept of the Interest. I took much pains to have it in my power with propriety to pay Mr Trecesson. I wrote to him to the West Indies giving him a Credit on a House in Martinique. I have heard from my Friends there that the Chevalier recieved my Letter he being at Guadalope in the Regt of Armagnac but that he knows Nothing of the Bills.8 In the mean Time a genuine Bill was presented to me but as the Chevalier said he had never seen or heard of the Bills I have Reason to doubt the Authenticity of the Endorsement. I proposed to the Holder to send the Bill to the W Indie. & let the Chevalier acknowledge the Endorsement or recieve the Money from my Friends at Martinique & give a Reciept or if the Endorsement be genuine let the Order of the Indorsee recieve it there. If I cannot get the Matter adjusted in some such Way I must I believe remit you the Money. There have been so much Delays & Difficulty in sending you this Money that I pray you to advance no more even if your Goodness should incline you so to do. I expect speedily to remit you some Money to be applied as the former. But I should be extremely obliged by any Intelligence from or concerning my Father from whom I have not heard for three Years not having recieved the Letter you mention nor any other.9 I believe you are acquainted with his Hand writing—

I am with the most sincere Esteem & Respect Your very obedt & obliged hble Sert1

Richard Peters

Be pleased to present my Compliments to W. T. Franklin. Mrs peters sends her respectful Compliments

Addressed: His Excellency / Benjamin Franklin Esqr / Minister Plenipotentiary of / the United States / Passi / near Paris / [in another hand:] Pr Ship Franklin / Capt Angus2

forwarded by yr. most obt. Humble Servt. L’Orient 24 Jany. 1781
Js. Cuming

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

6Peters had sent £30 in April: XXXII, 169. The bill of exchange for $200 (the equivalent of £45) that he remits with the present letter is dated Dec. 13. Signed by Treasurer of Loans Francis Hopkinson, it is endorsed “Pay the contents to Benjamin Franklin Esqu. Richard Peters.” APS. Peters was repaying the £100 that BF had advanced for his father William, who was in England: XXIX, 576–7; XXX, 95.

7In October, 1779, BF had drawn on Peters, payable to Louis-Marie-Victor Carné de Trécesson in the amount of 25 louis (roughly equivalent to £25): XXX, 585; XXXII, 169–70, 322.

8See XXX, 585n.

9XXX, 584.

1On Dec. 29 Peters wrote again, saying that he was sending, by Col. John Laurens, a third bill of exchange identical to the ones he had forwarded by other conveyances. APS.

2The Pa. brig Franklin, 18, Capt. John Angus: Claghorn, Naval Officers, p. 6; Charles M. Lincoln, comp., Naval Records of the American Revolution 1775–1788 (Washington, D.C., 1906), p. 303.

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