From Silas Deane4
AL: American Philosophical Society
Thursday 4. oClock 8th. Jany. 1778
Mr. Deane’s Compliments to Docr. Franklin and prays him to be at his house Rue Royale at Six this Evening where he will meet the Gentleman Mr. Deane went this Morning to Visit on an Affair of the greatest Consequence.
Addressed: To / The Honle. Benj Franklin Esq
4. In a similar invitation to Arthur Lee, Deane explained that the meeting was at Gérard’s request: Deane Papers, II, 311. For the results see the following headnote.