Benjamin Franklin Papers

From Benjamin Franklin to Schweighauser, 11 June 1781

To Schweighauser

Copy: Library of Congress

Passy, June 11. 1781


I have received your favour of the 7th. inclosing your Account, and advising me of your Drafts upon me for the same, which I shall duly honour.6

I have already furnish’d Mr. Robert Beverly Chew, with as much Money as I could afford, considering the Numbers that apply to me.7 You may if that will be acceptable furnish him with another Gunea. But not a farthing more to the Lee you mention, whom I take to be a John Lee, who pretended to be Brother to a Merchant at Newbury Port in New-England, and whom from his various and inconsistent Stories, I take to be an Impostor.8

I have the Honour to be, with great Regard, Sir, &c

Mr. Schweighauser.

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

6We have not located Schweighauser’s letter. On June 25 Grand paid ten bills of Schweighauser’s totaling 23,272 l.t., 1 s., 6 d.: Account XXVII (XXXII, 4).

7See Chew’s June 13 letter and for April, 1781, payments to him of seven louis see XXXIV, 3, 7.

8On March 12 BF had provided Lee with five louis: XXXIV, 7. There was a Newburyport merchant named Joseph Lee: John J. Currier, History of Newburyport, Mass 1764–1905 (2 vols., Newburyport, 1906–09), I, 620.

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