Recipient: Franklin, Benjamin
Recipient: Adams, John
[dateline] Feby. 8th. 1779
Having not seen the Letter of Mr. Williams to which one of those sent me is an Answer
I cannot form any judgment of it.1
As there are no marks mentiond by which Mr. Deanes claim to any of the Goods in the
possession of the public Agent can be ascertaind—as all the Goods in question, were,
when receivd, declard to be on account of the public; and as I perceive in the Banker's
Accounts very large Sums of public money paid for Goods purchasd in Holland, which
Goods I am satisfyd these are; I cannot think it consistent with my duty to concur
in delivering them to any person upon so indefinite a claim.
I have the honor to be, with the greatest esteem & respect, Gentlemen Yr. most Obedt.