Benjamin Franklin Papers

The American Commissioners to William Hodge, 19 April 1778: résumé

The American Commissioners to William Hodge7

Copies: Massachusetts Historical Society, National Archives (two)

<Passy, April 19, 1778: Mr. Deane left no account from you of the approximately 100,000 l.t. in public funds that you have received. Capt. Conyngham writes that you have claimed the Revenge as your and Mr. Ross’s property, and the crew writes that you have taken the cargoes of her prizes and have unfairly distributed the prize money. We wish to know your side of the matter.>

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

7Published in Taylor, Adams Papers, VI, 41, where the editors tentatively identify it as to William Hodge. The copy in the Mass. Hist. Soc., and one of those in the National Archives, have a notation that it was to his brother John, for whom see Deane Papers, II, 263–4. The third copy, in Arthur Lee’s hand, is to William, and his angry answer on July 10 is summarized below.

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