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Docno: ADMS-06-11-02-0294

Author: Franklin, Benjamin
Recipient: Adams, John
Date: 1781-06-30

From Benjamin Franklin

[salute] Sir

This is to request that you will accept no more Bills with an Expectation of my Paying them, till you have farther Advice from me: For I find that Mr. Laurens, who went away without informing me what he had done, has made so full a Disposition of the Six Millions granted at my Request before his Arrival, that unless the Specie he { 400 } sent to Holland is stopt there, I shall not be in a Condition to pay them.1 I have the Honour to be, Sir, Your Excellency's most obedient and most humble Servant
[signed] B Franklin
1. Franklin wrote a similar letter to William Jackson on 28 June. Despite Jackson's protests, Franklin succeeded in stopping shipment of the specie to the U.S. aboard the South Carolina. See Franklin, Papers, 35:195–196, 211–214, 219–226, 242–244.
Cite web page as: Founding Families: Digital Editions of the Papers of the Winthrops and the Adamses, ed.C. James Taylor. Boston: Massachusetts Historical Society, 2014.