[dateline] Passy Septemr <7> 1<5>6. 17781
As our Finances, are at present in a Situation, seriously critical, and as I hold
myself accountable to Congress, for every part of my Conduct, even to the smallest
Article of my Expences, I must beg the Favor of you to consider what Rent we ought
to pay you for this House and Furniture, both for the time past and to come.
Every part of your Conduct towards me, and towards our Americans in general, and in
all our Affairs, has been polite and obliging, as far as I have had an Opportunity
of observing; and I have no doubt it will continue so, yet it is not reasonable, that
the United States should be under so great Obligation to a private Gentlemen, as that
two of their Representatives should occupy for so long a time so elegant a Seat with
so much Furniture and such fine Accommodations without any Compensations, and in order
to avoid the Danger of the Disapprobation of our Constituents on one hand, for living
here at too great or at too uncertain an Expence, and on the other the Censure of
the World for not making sufficient Compensation to a Gentleman who has done so much
for our Convenience, it seems to me necessary, that we should come to an Ecclaircissement
upon this Head.
As you have an Account against the Commissioners, or against the United States for
several other Matters, I should be obliged to you if you would send it in as soon
as possible, as every day makes it more and more necessary for us to look into our
Affairs with the utmost Precission.
I am Sir with much Esteem and Respect Your most Obedient & very humble Servant