Benjamin Franklin Papers

Franklin and Silas Deane to Arthur Lee, 1 February 1778

Franklin and Silas Deane to Arthur Lee

ALS and copy: Harvard University Library; AL (draft): American Philosophical Society; copies: National Archives (four), University of Virginia Library (two),5 South Carolina Historical Society

Passy, Feb. 1. 1778


We have maturely considered your Letter of the 30th past. And tho’ we cannot see the mischievous Consequences of the 12th. Article which you apprehend, yet conceiving that Unanimity on this Occasion is of Importance, we have written to Mr. Gerard this Morning, that we concur in desiring that Article and the preceding to be omitted, agreable to his first Proposal. We have the Honour to be Sir Your most obedient humble Servants

B Franklin
S. Deane

Honble A. Lee Esqr

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

5The ALS and AL are in BF’s hand; the Harvard copy and one of the two at Virginia are in Lee’s.

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