From Silas Deane
ALS: American Philosophical Society
Paris 22d July 1777
I send you per Mr. Grand, the Letters I have received this Day; I have giv’n him the Letter for Mr. Vergennes which We yesterday agreed to and signed. I have also sent You a true Copy of the Orders giv’n on Our behalf To Capt. Cunningham, which submit to Your Judgment whither it be proper to transmit it to the Count De Vergennes, with Two or Three Lines just to inform that We have thus far interfered in this Affair to prevent Difficulties, and that We take the earliest Opportunity of laying our proceedings before him.6 If You approve the Proposal in general, You will send the Copy forward with a few Lines to introduce it. I am with the sincerest Respect Dear sir Your most Obedient and Very Humble servant
PS We are to dine together tomorrow but I know not the place, will it be in your Way to call here in Your Way?
Addressed: To / The Honorle / Benja Franklin Esqr
6. For the problem of these orders see the headnote on Carmichael’s letter above, June 30. We suggest there that they were from Deane alone, and the way in which he refers to them here may be taken to imply that BF had not seen them. We have not found them among Deane’s papers. Carmichael presumably carried them to Dunkirk in late June and subsequently embodied them in the letter to Conyngham printed in Neeser, Conyngham, pp. 64–5. No evidence has come to light that the commissioners did transmit them to Vergennes.