From Benjamin Franklin
Philadelphia, June 21. 76
I am ⟨muc⟩h obliged by your kind Care of my unfortunate Letter, which at last came safe to hand. I see in it a Detail of the mighty Force we are threatned with; which however I think it is not certain will ever arrive; & I see more certainly the Ruin of Britain if she persists in such expensive distant Expeditions, which will probably prove more disastrous to her than anciently her Wars in the Holy Land.1
I return Gen. Sulivan’s Letter enclos’d: Am glad to find him in such Spirits, and that the Canadians are returning to their Regard for us.2 I am just recovering from a severe Fit of the Gout, which has kept me from Congress & Company almost ever since you left us, so that I know little of what has pass’d there, except that a Declaration of Independence is preparing. With the greatest Esteem & Respect, I am, Dr Sir, Your most obedt & most hume Servt
ADfS, NN: Emmet Collection.
1. GW enclosed this intelligence from Arthur Lee in his letter to Franklin of 17 June. For the difficulties that GW experienced in forwarding the letter that Lee had addressed to Franklin, see John Langdon to GW, 10 May, n.2; GW to Richard Henry Lee, 18 May, nn.1 and 2; and GW to Franklin, 20 May 1776.