From Silas Deane
ALS: American Philosophical Society
Paris 18th May 1777.
Inclosed are Letters which I received last Evening. The Letter from Mons: Coulau speaks of two, but there was only one, the other was a bundle of Newspapers, as referred to by Mr. Morriss in his Letter of the 28th. They are of much older date than those already received therefore not worth sending to You. The post goes again for Bordeaux on Tuesday. It is I think incumbent on us to do something with Cleveland who will otherways run out both Vessel and Cargo.5 I am most respectfully Sir your most Obedient and Very Humble Servant
Addressed: To / The honorable Mr. Franklin / Passy
5. For Couleaux see above, XXII, 469 n, 547 n. Cleveland, in the Dispatch, had arrived at Bordeaux with John Merckle months before: above, XXIII, 340 n. His difficulty in completing his cargo, John Ross reported to Deane in early June, was due to “the ruinous management of the people concerned”: Deane Papers, II, 64–5.