From Samuel Wharton
ALS: American Philosophical Society
Hotel de Rome Friday Evening [July 16, 1779]3
I send inclosed the News paper, and am informed by some Friends in London, That two Transports are arrived from New York in short Passages, & bring such Accounts as incline People in general to think, That General Provost has been beaten near Charles Town, with the Loss of his Artillery &c. They don’t mention any other Particulars.
I am respectfully, and affectionately y’r. Excellency’s most obedt. & most humble servt.
His Excellency Mr. Franklin
Notation: S. Wharton Paris
3. By which date the contradictory accounts of Prevost’s march on Charleston could have reached Paris from London. See our annotation of Digges to BF, July 14.