Benjamin Franklin Papers

From Benjamin Franklin to Moses Young, 6 December 1781

To Moses Young

Copy: Library of Congress

Passy, Dec. 6. 1781.


Before I received yours of the 27th. past, I had Information from M. B. Vaughan of Mr. Laurens’s Treatment & Situation, and had sent orders to a Correspondent in London to furnish him with what Money he might have Occasion for.6 Your Zeal for his relief is nevertheless very commendable: I have also sometime since sent to London the Proposal of Congress to exchange for him General Burgoyne.7

Your Brother writes to me for a Supply of Money. I am pressed on all Hands for such assistance and my Ability, is not equal to my Inclination. But if he draws on me for six Louis I will honour his Bill.8 I am Sir, Your most obedient and most humble Servant


Mr. Moses Young.

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

6See Benjamin Vaughan to BF, [before Nov. 19], and BF to Hodgson, Nov. 19.

7XXXV, 221–2, 363n, 594.

8On Feb. 5, 1782, Ferdinand Grand honored a bill for 144 l.t. (slightly more than 5 louis) drawn on BF by a Midshipman John Young, who may have been Moses Young’s brother: Account XXVII (XXXII, 4).

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