Benjamin Franklin Papers

Arthur Lee to Franklin and Silas Deane, 31 March 1778

Arthur Lee to Franklin and Silas Deane

LS:1 American Philosophical Society; copies: Harvard University Library, South Carolina Historical Society, Virginia Historical Society; transcript: National Archives

Chaillot March 31st: 1778


The report I hear of Mr. Deane’s intending soon to leave Paris, obliges me to repeat the request, I long ago and repeatedly made, That we shou’d settle the public accounts relating to the expenditure of the money entrusted to us, for the public.2 And this is the more absolutely necessary as what Vouchers there are, to enable the Commissioners to make out this account are in Mr. Deane’s possession; I therefore wish that the earliest day possible may be appointed for the settlement of this Account, which appears to me an indispensible part of our duty to the public and to one another. At the same time I conceive Mr. Deane will think it proper, before his departure, to deliver to the remaining Commissioners all the Papers in his possession, which relate to the business of the Commission. I have the honor to be with great Esteem Gentlemen your most Obedient Servant

Arthur Lee

To The Honble Benjn. Franklin & Silas Deane Esqrs.

Notation: A. Lee to BF. & SD March 31. 1778.

1In Thornton’s hand.

2He had first raised the point, as far as we know, the previous October: Lee, Life of Arthur Lee, I, 342.

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