Benjamin Franklin Papers

William Lee to the American Commissioners, 17 September 1778: résumé

William Lee to the American Commissioners3

ALS: American Philosophical Society

<Paris, September 17, 1778:4 I wish to confer with you on an important and profoundly secret subject;5 I will wait on you at any hour tomorrow at noon or afterwards when you are alone.>

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

3Published in Taylor, Adams Papers, VII.

4Lee had been in Paris several days and planned to remain there no longer than three weeks: Ford, Letters of William Lee, II, 472, 473.

5His meetings with de Neufville (discussed in Dumas’ letter of Sept. 3). Lee had already told the committee for foreign affairs of his and de Neufville’s draft treaty. He apparently left a copy with the commissioners: Ford, Letters of William Lee, II, 473–7.

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