Benjamin Franklin Papers

From Benjamin Franklin to George Washington, 8 September 1776

To George Washington

ALS: Yale University Library

Philada. Sept. 8. 1776


The Congress having appointed Mr. Adams, Mr. Rutledge and my self, to meet Lord Howe, and hear what Propositions he may have to make, we purpose setting out to-morrow, and to be at Perth Amboy on Wednesday morning, as you will see by the enclos’d, which you are requested immediately to forward to his Lordship;4 and if an Answer comes to your hands, that you would send it to meet us at Amboy. What we have heard of the Badness of the Roads between that Place and New York, makes us wish to be spar’d that part of the Journey.5 With great Respect and Esteem, I have the honour to be, Sir, Your Excellency’s most obedient and most humble Servant

B Franklin

His Excy. Gen. Washington

Notation: Phila. Septr. 8. 1776 From Dr. Franklin

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

4The finished form of the preceding document. Washington sent it to Howe the next day and promised to forward a reply by express. Fitzpatrick, Writings of Washington, VI, 38.

5The journey, that is, to Washington’s headquarters if Howe did not choose to meet there. If he did elect New York, the committee arranged to bypass Perth Amboy by having the Admiral’s answer brought to it on the road from New Brunswick; see BF to WTF below, Sept. 10.

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