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Browsing: Papers of John Adams, Volume 7


Docno: ADMS-06-07-02-0057

Author: Bondfield, John
Recipient: Adams, John
Date: 1778-09-26

From John Bondfield

[salute] Sir

By last post I receivd your favor of the 15th. Instant.1 I have forwarded your Letter to Mr. William Vernon at Montaban and have wrote him to set of[f] with all diligence for Paris. I hope the short time he has been up the Country will have contributed to render his services to you more useful. I have remitted him fifty Pounds to defray his Expences. He has receivd a Letter from Mr Hayley of London to value on him for £100 sterling as he wants it. He has been amongst { 79 } some of my freinds whose example I am convincd have made no ill impression on his Conduct, they are People of high esteemation in that Country. I have drawn on you as advised in my General Letter2 of this Day for 888.12 amount of the little adventure shipt Per the Boston to which you will please to let due honor be given.
I apprehend the Packets from America must have been intercepted otherways some would have come to hand. To your Commands at any time for Articles you may desire to ship for your family of my attention permit me to make to you my strongest Assurance.
I am with great Respect Sir Your very hbl Servant
[signed] John Bondfield
1. Not printed, but see JA to William Vernon, 15 Sept., note 1 (above).
2. No letter from Bondfield to the Commissioners of this date has been found. For the goods shipped on the Boston, see JA to Samuel Tucker, 29 April, and note 3 (vol. 6:73). JA sent Bondfield a bill of exchange for 888.12 livres on 25 May, which was paid by Ferdinand Grand on 17 Oct. (JA, Diary and Autobiography, 2:329; Commissioners' Accounts,[9 Aug. – 12 Nov.], vol. 6:359–362).

Docno: ADMS-06-07-02-0058

Author: Franklin, Benjamin
Recipient: Adams, John
Date: 1778-09-26

From Benjamin Franklin

[salute] Dear Sir

I very much approve your Plan with regard to our future Accounts—and wish it to be followed.
The Accounts that have been shown you, are only those of the Person1 we had entrusted with the receiving and paying our Money; and intended merely to show how he was discharged of it. We are to separate from that Account the Articles for which Congress should be charged, and those for which we should give Credit.
It has always been my Intention to pay for the Education of my Children, their Clothes &c. as well as for Books and other Things for my private Use; and whatever I spend in this Way, I shall give Congress Credit for, to be deducted out of the Allowance they have promis'd us. But as the Article of Clothes for ourselves here is necessarily much higher than if we were not in public Service, I submit it to your Consideration whether that Article ought not to be reckoned among Expences for the Publick. I know I had Clothes enough at home to have lasted me my Lifetime in a Country where I was under small Necessity of following new Fashions.
I shall be out of Town till Monday; when I return we will if you please, talk farther of these Matters, and put the Accounts in the Order they are hereafter to be kept.
{ 80 }
With great Esteem, I am, Your most obedient humble Servant.
[signed] B Franklin
I inclose a Letter just receiv'd from Mr. Ross.2 Some Answer should be sent him. I have not had time. Enclos'd are his late Letters.
If any good News arrives my Servant may be sent Express to me with it.
1. William Temple Franklin. For the Household Accounts kept by him from JA's arrival at Paris on 9 April to 24 Aug., see vol. 6:16–20.
2. That of 22 Sept. (not found), to which the Commissioners replied on the 30th (below).
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.
http://www.masshist.org/apde2/