Benjamin Franklin Papers

To Benjamin Franklin from John Thaxter, Jr., 7 March 1782

From John Thaxter, Jr.

ALS: American Philosophical Society

Amsterdam 7th. March 1782.


Mr. Adams being obliged to go to the Hague this Morning to meet Mr. Le Duc de la Vauguyon, has prevented him from writing to your Excellency by this Post, and forwarding the inclosed Lists. He has therefore requested me to forward them, which I have the Honor to do,8 and to be, with the most perfect Respect, Sir, your Excellency’s most obedient and most humble Servant

John Thaxter Junr.

His Excellency Benjamin Franklin Esqr.

Endorsed: Mr Adams

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

8Among BF’s papers at the APS are a variety of items, most of them in Thaxter’s hand, relating to the bills JA had accepted: a nine-page list of bills accepted between May 7 and Oct. 4, 1781 (addressed to “His Excellency Dr. Franklin”), two copies of a one-page summary (written in French) of the amounts accepted between Nov. 7, 1781, and Feb. 27, 1782 (plus a rough worksheet in French labeled “Recapitulation”), a one-page list of bills accepted on Jan. 27, 1781, and a four-page list of bills drawn on Henry Laurens and accepted between Nov. 23, 1780, and Feb. 7, 1782.

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