Benjamin Franklin Papers

To Benjamin Franklin from Neufville & Cie., 8 September 1783

From Neufville & Cie.

L: American Philosophical Society

Amsterdam 8th. Sepr. 1783


His Excellency John Jay Esqr. having given us his address at passy, we beg leave to put a letter under Your Excellencys Cover, requesting in case said Gentleman Should be moved from thence, you Will please to cause it to be forwarded, and as we Have not had the honour of addressing you since the Change of the firm of our House we pray you to observe that it is now De Neufville & Compy. the Signature of Which is given by procuratn. as at foot to Messrs Rolland & Compy.4 to which we have only to add the respectful Sentiments with Which we have the honour to be your Excellency’s Most Obedient Humble servants

By procuratn. of Messrs. De Neufville & Compy.
Rolland & Compe

His Excellency Dr. B Franklin Minister plenipo: at the Court of Versailles Passy

Notation: Neufville & Compy. Amsterdam 8th. Septr. 1783

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

4In May, 1783, Leendert de Neufville (who took charge of the family firm after his father Jean retired in June, 1782: XXXVII, 572–3) was forced to seek protection from creditors. While the son went to America hoping to collect payments due, the father reorganized the firm under his own name, making an agreement with Rolland & Cie. to settle its affairs. Jean Rolland, the leading partner, became a partner of Neufville & Cie. in September, 1784: Pieter J. van Winter, American Finance and Dutch Investment, 1780–1805 … (2 vols., New York, 1977), I, 150, 194.

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