Benjamin Franklin Papers

William Lee to the American Commissioners, 19 March 1778

William Lee to the American Commissioners

ALS: American Philosophical Society; autograph copy: Virginia Historical Society

Chaillot March 19. 1778.


I shall be obliged to you for furnishing me with a Copy of the Treaties you have enter’d into with the Court of France, that I may not propose any thing inconsistent therewith to the Courts of Vienna and Berlin for which places I intend to set out on Saturday next.1 Any information or advice that you may be pleased to give me, that will tend to forward the wishes of Congress, I shall thankfully receive and in the mean time have the Honour to be with the greatest Respect, Gentlemen, Your most Obliged and Obedient Humble Servant

W: Lee

Honble. Benjamin Franklin Silas Deane & Arthur Lee Esqrs.

Addressed: To / The Honourable / Benjamin Franklin, Silas / Deane & Arthur Lee Esqrs. / Passy

Notation: W. Lee 19 March 1778 to Commissioners

1The 21st, but he did not leave for several days after that; see below, his note to BF of the 23rd and Arthur Lee’s of the 27th. The reference here to treaties in the plural is discussed in our note on the commissioners to Izard above, March 10.

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