Benjamin Franklin Papers

Arthur Lee to Franklin and John Adams, 28 November 1778

Arthur Lee to Franklin and John Adams

LS:7 American Philosophical Society

Chaillot. Novr. 28th. 1778


Your Letter informing me of the Alteration of your Intention,8 not having reached my House till some time after the Hour you had appointed for setting out for Versailles, I was gone before it arrived. I informed Count Vergennes, that you were coming, & we waited till 5’ O’Clock under no small Embarressment, especially myself, to conceive what detained you.

Count Vergennes says, that as there was such bad Management last year in dispatching our Ships, as to detain the Convoy Six Weeks;9 he wishes we would write him, when the Ships, for which we now desire a Convoy, will certainly be ready to sail, and he will do all in his Power to obtain what we desire.

I have the honor to be with the greatest respect Gentlemen. Your Most Ob Servt.

Arthur Lee

Hon. B. Franklin & Jon Adams. Esqrs.

Notation: Hon. A. Lee Nov. 28. 1778—

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

7In the hand of Lee’s secretary, Hezekiah Ford.

8Nov. 27.

9The convoy assembled by JW, which finally departed Quiberon in February, 1778, under escort of a French squadron: XXV, 469, 494n, and passim.

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