[dateline] Passy, Feb. 12. 1782
I received the honour of yours dated the 7th.1
Inst. acquainting me with the Presentation of several more Bills drawn on Mr Laurens.
I think you will do well to accept them, and I shall endeavour to enable you to pay
them. I should be glad to see a compleat List of those you have already accepted.
Perhaps from the Series of Numbers, and the Deficiencies, one may be able to divine
the Sum that has been issued, of which we have never been informed as we ought to
have been. Ignorance of this, has subjected me to the unpleasant Task of making repeated
Demands which displease our Friends by seeming to have no End. The same is the Case
with the Bills on Mr. Jay and on myself. This has among other things made me quite
sick of my Gibeonite office, that of drawing Water for the whole Congregation of Israel.2
But I am happy to learn from our Minister of Finance, that after the End of March
next no farther Drafts shall be made on me, or Trouble given me by Drafts on others.
The Duke de Vauguyon must be with you before this time. I am impatient to hear the
Result of your States on the Demand you have made of a categoric answer &c. I think
with you that it may be wrong to interrupt or perplex their Deliberations by asking
Aids during the present critical Situation of affairs.
I understood that the Goods had all been delivered to Mr. Barclay, and I punctually
paid all the Bills. That Gentleman now writes me that those purchased of Gillon are
detained on pretence of his Debts.3
These new Demands were never mention’d to me before. It has been and will be a villanous
affair from beginning to End.
[salute] With great Esteem and Respect, I have the honour to be Sir, Your Excellency’s most
obedient and most humble Servant
[signed] B Franklin