Benjamin Franklin Papers

From Benjamin Franklin to Schweighauser, 19 February 1781

To Schweighauser

Press copy of an ALS and copy: Library of Congress

Passy, Feb. 19. 1781


In reading over again your Favour of the * Inst,1 I perceive a Question which I did not before observe, and omitted to answer in mine of the 17th. viz. Whether I will pay your Disbursements for the Brigantine Active? You do not mention to what Sum they may probably amount; I have no Orders to make such Payments; and I daily expect Mr. Palfrey, who is coming over to be Consul General in France, and in whose Department such Affairs will naturally fall. I therefore decline engaging to pay such Disbursements. I have the honour to be, Sir, Your most obedient & most humble Servant

B Franklin

Mr Schweighauser

1BF provided an explanation in the margin: “it has no date.” The letter from Schweighauser is missing.

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