Benjamin Franklin Papers

The American Commissioners to the Committee of Secret Correspondence, 8 February 1777

The American Commissioners to the Committee of Secret Correspondence

ALS and copy: National Archives

Paris Feby. 8th: 1777


Since Our last We have received the inclosed Intelligence from London, which we take the earliest Opportunity of forwarding, in hopes it may be received with Our other Letters by Nantes.4 A Vessel from So: Carolina, loaded by that state, which sailed the 20th December, is arrived at L’Orient with Rice and Indigo. As We were particular in Our last which was sent but yesterday, we have nothing material to add by this but are Gentlemen Your most Obedient and Very Humble Servants

B Franklin
Silas Deane

The hon. Messr: Morriss, Jay, &c, &c, Comr: Philadelphia

Addressed: To / the hon: / Messrs Morriss, Jay, Lee &c / Secret Com: of Congress / Philadelphia

Notation: Franklin & Deane to the Comtee Feb. 8. 1777

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

4The letter is in Deane’s hand; the intelligence was probably Bancroft’s letter to him of Jan. 31, describing the imminent British threat to New England and preparations for war against France: Deane Papers, I, 479–81.

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