Benjamin Franklin Papers

To Benjamin Franklin from Silas Deane, 18 May 1777

From Silas Deane

ALS: American Philosophical Society

Paris 18th May 1777.


Inclosed are Letters which I received last Evening. The Letter from Mons: Coulau speaks of two, but there was only one, the other was a bundle of Newspapers, as referred to by Mr. Morriss in his Letter of the 28th. They are of much older date than those already received therefore not worth sending to You. The post goes again for Bordeaux on Tuesday. It is I think incumbent on us to do something with Cleveland who will otherways run out both Vessel and Cargo.5 I am most respectfully Sir your most Obedient and Very Humble Servant

S. Deane

Addressed: To / The honorable Mr. Franklin / Passy

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

5For Couleaux see above, XXII, 469 n, 547 n. Cleveland, in the Dispatch, had arrived at Bordeaux with John Merckle months before: above, XXIII, 340 n. His difficulty in completing his cargo, John Ross reported to Deane in early June, was due to “the ruinous management of the people concerned”: Deane Papers, II, 64–5.

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