From William Carmichael
ALS: American Philosophical Society
Wednesday 4 oClock [June 4, 1777?7]
Inclosd is the Substence of Ld. Chathams motion. The court numbers show at once the hopes and intention of the Ministry. I am with much respect Your very humble Servant.
Addressed: A Monsr. / Monsieur le Docteur Franklin / à Passy
7. On May 31 the Public Advertiser reported the defeat in the House of Lords the day before, by a vote of seventy-six to twenty-six, of Lord Chatham’s motion to open peace negotiations with America. We assume that Carmichael had the news in Paris late the following Wednesday.