Arthur Lee to Franklin and Silas Deane with Their Reply
AL:9 University of Virginia Library
Challiot, Thursday. [October 30, 17771]
Mr. Lee presents his Compliments to Dr. Franklin and Mr. Dean. He has been prevented from waiting upon them this morning as he intended, but will do it this Evening having a Letter to communicate. The Bearer Mr. Floyd will wait to carry Dispatches, if the Gentlemen think it necessary; if not he is sollicitous to go off this Evening, and wants an advance of 7 Louis in addition to the three already given, which if Messrs. F. and D. think proper Mr. Lee will furnish him with, taking a receipt for the whole in the name of the Commissioners and payable to the President of Congress.2
Addressed: To the Honble / Benjamin Franklin / & / Silas Dean Esqrs / a / Passi
Messrs. Franklin and Deane present their Compliments to Mr. Lee. They very much approve of the Assistance within propos’d to be afforded Mr. Lloyd.3 They would not detain him for Dispatches.
Notations: 1777 / 1777 F. & D. / 1777. Note of A Lee to Franklin and Deane with their Reply.
9. The second AL, on the verso, is in BF’s hand.
1. On that date Floyd gave the commissioners two identical receipts for ten louis: Library of Congress.
2. John Floyd (c. 1750–83) identified himself on the receipts as from Fincastle Co., Va. He had been a surveyor for that county (then including all of Kentucky) and was locally famous, a companion of Daniel Boone and George Rogers Clark. In 1776 he returned to the coast, outfitted a privateer, and cruised successfully until he was captured; he escaped from prison, crossed to France, and with the assistance of the commissioners returned home to the life of a frontiersman. Lewis Collins, History of Kentucky . . . (revised ed.; 2 vols., Covington, Ky., 1882), II, 238–9. He came to the commissioners with Capt. Welsh’s letter above, Oct. 20.
3. Either BF’s pen slipped, or he was confusing Floyd with John Lloyd, the Nantes merchant who appears above, XXIII, 320 n.