Benjamin Franklin Papers

To Benjamin Franklin from John Adams, 27 March 1784

From John Adams

Copy: Massachusetts Historical Society

The Hague March 27. 1784


I have received the Letter you did me the Honour to write me the 15th with the Letters Packet and Copy inclosed. I think with you that the Delay of the Ratification cannot occasion any Difficulty, but it was very proper to Send a Copy of the Secretarys Letter to Mr Laurens, who may negotiate an Agreement to extend the Term or at least may explain the Cause of delay.

I have comfortable Assurances of Saving our Financiers Credit for this time,7 but if he repeats these bold Measures I shall not be able I fear to rescue him again.

Dr Franklin.

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

7The financier in question was Robert Morris. On March 9 JA had signed a contract to raise a 2,000,000 f. loan for the United States with the same Dutch consortium that had handled his 1782 loan (XXXVIII, 433n). By March 27 enough of the loan had been subscribed to pay all of the outstanding drafts: Adams Papers, XVI, 79, 80–5, 93, 103.

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