Benjamin Franklin Papers

To Benjamin Franklin from Silas Deane, [7 March 1777]

From Silas Deane

ALS: American Philosophical Society

Friday Evening [March 7, 17774]

Dear Sir

I recd. This Evening the inclosed Lettrs. &c. from London. They had been opened, and when I see You, will explain by whom. I therefore broke them afresh, which impute to my impatience to know the particulars of the important Contents, on which I congratulate You most sincerely. I wish to see You early in the Morning here, as the Business I wish to confer on can be much better consulted on here, as it relates to Capt. Hynson in part; but if more Agreeable To You, will wait on You at Passy with him. I am Dear Sir Yours

S Deane

Addressed: To / The Hone. Benja Franklin Esqr / Passy

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

4One of the letters that Deane was forwarding was undoubtedly Bancroft’s of Feb. 28, which had been intercepted by the French: Stevens, Facsimiles, VI, no. 646. Accounts of the Battle of Trenton enclosed in that letter explain the congratulations to BF. Capt. Hynson, the reason for the present note, had arrived in Paris on March 6: Clarke, Wickes, p. 174. We assume that Deane was writing the next day.

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