Benjamin Franklin Papers

From Benjamin Franklin to John Bondfield, 30 July 1781

To John Bondfield

AL (draft) and copy: Library of Congress

Passy, July 30. 1781


I received your Favour of the 21. Inst. and return accepted the two Bills it enclos’d.2

In perusing your Account sent me the Beginning of March last, I observed considerable Sums advanced to Americans. The Advances for the Relief of poor distress’d Seamen I will pay, but the others to Officers and Gentlemen, I cannot allow, having no Orders to justify it.3 If I rec’d the Account of the Cannon, it is mislaid; and Mr Chaumont has made some Objections about the Weight of those deliver’d to him. I therefore request, that you would send me the Founder’s original Account, and I will, soon after receiving it, pay what shall appear due to you as Ballance on the whole.

I thank you for the News you have been so kind as to send me from time to time, & also for your Information relative [to] the American Sailors press’d into the French Service. With great Esteem, I have the honour to be Sir,

Mr Bondfield

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

2Bondfield’s of July 21 is missing, and we have not been able to locate any copies of his recent bills. Account XXVII (XXXII, 4) lists a payment of 908 l.t. 6 s. from Grand to Bondfield on June 22.

3On March 3, Bondfield dispensed a total of 270 l.t. to two Americans and a French count: Account XXVII.

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