Benjamin Franklin Papers

To Benjamin Franklin from Samuel Wharton, [16 July 1779]

From Samuel Wharton

ALS: American Philosophical Society

Hotel de Rome Friday Evening [July 16, 1779]3

Dear Sir

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.

S. Wharton

His Excellency Mr. Franklin

Notation: S. Wharton Paris

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

3By 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.

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