Benjamin Franklin Papers

To Benjamin Franklin from John Laurens: Two Letters, 16 May 1781

From John Laurens: Two Letters

(I) and (II) ALS: American Philosophical Society


Paris 16th. May 1781.


I transmit Your Excellency Gourlade and Moylans account of the Alliances disbursements—to be adjusted as Your Excellency shall think proper—2 and have the honor to be Your Excellencys most obedient Servant

John Laurens.

Endorsed: Mr Laurence May 16. 1781 Recd. May 23.—at Night Appear’d to have been open’d.


Paris 16th May 1781.

Dear Sir

Upon paying my accounts I find that I shall be deficient in money for the expences of my journey, I must request Your Excellency therefore to send me this evening another draught on Messrs Grand, for One Hundred Louis—part to be paid here and part to be disposed in a credit at Brest. I renew my sincere and ardent wishes for Your Excellencys health & happiness and [am] most respectfully Your obedt Servt.

John Laurens.

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

2BF was still considering whether to pay bills presented him by Gourlade & Moylan; see, for example, XXXIV, 570. For the firm’s service to the Alliance see XXXI, 482, 485, 499, 515–16; XXXII, 213n, 584–5; XXXIII, 27. It had sent Laurens a list of its disbursements on the frigate, about 40,000 l.t.: “Mission of Col. Laurens,” I, 34–5.

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