Benjamin Franklin Papers

James Lovell to the American Commissioners, 12 October 1778

James Lovell to the American Commissioners

ALS and copy: American Philosophical Society; copies: National Archives (two), Library of Congress

Philada. Octr. 12th. 1778


Congress having foreign Affairs now under Consideration, I shall not write to you on that Subject, more especially as it is quite uncertain how the present Papers will be conveyed to you. Nor shall I pretend to unravel to you the Designs of the Enemy. They are very inscrutable: The Printers know as much as I do about them, therefore I send a few of the last Prints of Dunlap,6 which with the Boston Papers must decide you in Opinion. Your affectionate Friend and very humble Servant

James Lovell

Addressed: Honorable / Benjamin Franklin Esqr. / Arthur Lee Esqr. / John Adams Esqr. / Paris / To be sunk in Case of Danger / from the Enemy.

Notation: James Lovell Philada. Oct. 12th. 78.

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

6Probably John Dunlap’s Pennsylvania Packet, published since 1771: Clarence S. Brigham, History and Bibliography of American Newspapers 1690–1820 (2 vols., Worcester, 1947), II, 942.

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