Arthur Lee to Franklin and John Adams
LS:7 American Philosophical Society
Chaillot. Novr. 28th. 1778
Your Letter informing me of the Alteration of your Intention,8 not having reached my House till some time after the Hour you had appointed for setting out for Versailles, I was gone before it arrived. I informed Count Vergennes, that you were coming, & we waited till 5’ O’Clock under no small Embarressment, especially myself, to conceive what detained you.
Count Vergennes says, that as there was such bad Management last year in dispatching our Ships, as to detain the Convoy Six Weeks;9 he wishes we would write him, when the Ships, for which we now desire a Convoy, will certainly be ready to sail, and he will do all in his Power to obtain what we desire.
I have the honor to be with the greatest respect Gentlemen. Your Most Ob Servt.
Hon. B. Franklin & Jon Adams. Esqrs.
Notation: Hon. A. Lee Nov. 28. 1778—
7. In the hand of Lee’s secretary, Hezekiah Ford.
8. Nov. 27.
9. The convoy assembled by JW, which finally departed Quiberon in February, 1778, under escort of a French squadron: XXV, 469, 494n, and passim.