Benjamin Franklin Papers

To Benjamin Franklin from Lord Howe, 10 September 1776

From Lord Howe

Copy: Library of Congress

Eagle off Bedlows Island5 Sepr. 10: 1776.

Lord Howe presents his compliments to Dr. Franklin, and according to the tenor of his favour of the 8th.6 will attend to have the pleasure of meeting him and Messrs. Adams and Rutledge tomorrow morning at the house on Staten Island opposite to Amboy, as early as the few conveniencies for travelling by land on Staten Island will admit. Lord Howe upon his arrival at the place appointed, will send a boat (if he can procure it in time) with a flag of truce over to Amboy. And requests the Dr. and the other gentlemen will postpone their intended favour of passing over to meet him untill they are informed as above of his arrival to attend them there.

In case the weather should prove unfavourable for Lord Howe to pass in his boat to Staten Island tomorrow as from the present appearance there is some reason to suspect, he will take the next earliest opportunity that offers for that purpose. In this intention he may be farther retarded, having been an invalid lately; but will certainly give the most timely notice of that inability. He however flatters himself he shall not have occasion to make farther excuses on that account.

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

5Near the New Jersey shore and several miles north of the northeastern point of Staten Island. At this anchorage the Eagle, three days before, had been attacked by David Bushnell’s submarine: Frederick Wagner, Submarine Fighter of the American Revolution . . . (New York, [1963]), pp. 59–64; see also Gale to BF above, Aug. 7, 1775.

6This is the first letter in Howe’s correspondence with BF that is in the third person.

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