Thomas Bell to the American Commissioners
ALS: American Philosophical Society
L.Orient, Novr. 11th. 1778
I sailed from Philad. the 6 of Sept. I Recd. no Letters from the Committe of Congress. The privet Letters I Recd. from Mr. Deane and the Honbl. Richard Henery Lee & Mr. Carmichell3 as to the dispatches for the Court of France I Recd. them from Monsr. Gerard as to Aney Other Letters I Recd. non— Gentln. I shall Sail Shortly for Philad. If you have Aney dispatches for Congress you may depend on my Care of them from Gentln. your Most Obedent Humb. Servt. to Comd.
the Honbl. B. Franklin A. Lee & John Adams Esqrs. Passy—
Addressed: The Honorable plenepotenitary / Ministers of America, at the / Court of Versailles
Endorsed by Franklin: Capt.4 Bell Dispatches
Notation: Capt. Nov. 11. 1778.
3. Deane’s letter is presumably that of Sept. 2: XXVII, 337–8; R. H. Lee’s may be that of Sept. 6 to A. Lee (Lee Family Papers, roll 5, frames 274–6). No letter from Carmichael to any of the commissioners during this period has been located.
4. “Capt.” preceding “Bell” has been deleted by a later hand.