Recipient: Franklin, Benjamin
[dateline] Amsterdam Novr. 24th. 1780
The Letter which your Excellency did me the Honour to write me on the thirteenth is
recieved, and I have accordingly accepted the Bills,1
and shall draw upon your Excellency about the Time they become payable, for Money,
to enable me to discharge them, provided I should not succeed in my Endeavours to
borrow it here.
I have hitherto no prospect at all. When I first arrived here, I had such Informations
as made me believe that a Sum of Money might be had, upon the Credit of the United
States: but the News from Carolina, and New York and the West Indies, but above all
the Affair of the Burgomaster and Sir Joseph Yorke's Memorial have struck a Panic
which must have Time to wear off. At present I meet with only one Gentleman,2
who thinks any thing can be done, and I fear that he decieves himself.
I hope by this Time, your Excellency's Health is restored, and have the Honour to
be, Sir, Your Excellency's most obedient humble Servant