From Samuel Wharton
ALS: American Philosophical Society
Hotel de Rome Friday Afternoon.
[July 23, 1779?]5
I have several Letters but no News from London. Sir Charles Hardy’s Fleet was at Anchor in Plymouth Road on the 17th Instant.
I am with the sincerest Respect your Excellency’s affectionate & most obt. Servt
His Excellency Mr. Franklin
Notation: S. Wharton Paris—
5. An extract of a letter from Plymouth dated July 17 reporting the anchorage of the grand fleet was published in The Public Advertiser on July 21, making this the earliest likely date on which Wharton would have written this letter.