Benjamin Franklin Papers

Thomas Bell to the American Commissioners, 11 November 1778

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.

Thos. Bell

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.

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

3Deane’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.

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