Benjamin Franklin Papers

To Benjamin Franklin from Silas Deane, 30 March 1777

From Silas Deane

ALS: American Philosophical Society

Sunday, March 30th. 1777


Inclos’d is a Letter from Mr. Williams which Appears to have shared the Fate of my last To have been opened. I have wrote him a long Letter this Morning, on the Magazine. Rumsay sets out Tomorrow, and Hood, and others on Tuesday. The Letter and Dipositions for Lord Stormont, and the Memorial for the Portugal ambassador I take leave to remind you of. I sent you Lettrs from Mr. Boux which I wish may be answered by Tomorrows post.4 I have many Letters to answer, or I would come out. I have wrote to Alderman Lee by last Nights Courier.5 I am your most Obedient Very Humble Servant

S Deane

Addressed: To / The Honble Dr Franklin

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

4The commissioners’ letter to Stormont, which enclosed depositions, and to the Portuguese Ambassador are below, respectively April 2 and 26. Capt. Boux’s letters have disappeared; they were presumably about the shipbuilding agreement mentioned in his below of April 7.

5The letter, which notified Lee of his appointment as joint commercial agent with Thomas Morris, has disappeared; for Lee’s description of it see Worthington C. Ford, ed., Letters of William Lee . . . (3 vols., Brooklyn, N.Y., 1891), II, 586–7.

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