From Silas Deane
ALS: American Philosophical Society
Thursday Morning [April 3?, 1777]
I think it will be Necessary To have a Copy of the Contract with Mr. Chaumont sent to Mr. Williams and also to the Secret Committee.9 As you have [torn] Original I wish they may be made out to go by the Express. I am Sir Your most Obedient and very humble Servant
Addressed: To / The Honl / Benja Franklin Esqr / [illegible] Passy
9. The copy of the contract with Chaumont of April 1, for which Deane is asking, was finally sent to JW with the commissioners’ letter below of May 1, which was a Thursday. He could conceivably have made this request of BF early that morning, but a much more likely time is some Thursday in April. We assign it to the earliest one according to our practice.