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|Collection Reference Number
|From Archive Folder
|Documents Relating to 1778
|Benjamin Franklin to Silas Deane regarding relations with Arthur Lee
|7 April 1778
|Franklin, Benjamin (1706-1790)
|Franklin writes to Deane about an angry letter he received from Arthur Lee, who along with Franklin and Deane was on a diplomatic mission in France. Lee was mad at Deane for "going without acquainting him of it" and also angry with "the Court's sending a Minister to Congress without advising him." Not being trusted by Deane, Lee was kept ignorant of the secret supplies being sent to America via Hortalez & Cie. Lee sent reports to Congress about Deane's supposed embezzlement and helped bring about Deane's recall. He was replaced by John Adams, who Franklin notes in this letter, has not arrived yet. Advises Deane to burn the proposal put forth by the "Negociator."
|Revolutionary War Military History Global History and Civics Diplomacy Congress Military Supplies Continental Congress Corruption and Scandal
|Franklin, Benjamin (1706-1790) Deane, Silas (1737-1789) Lee, Arthur (1740-1792) Adams, John (1735-1826)
|Passy, Paris, France
|Government & Politics; Foreign Affairs; The American Revolution
|The Gilder Lehrman Collection, 1493-1859
|Signer of the U.S. Constitution.
|The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
|Settlement, Commerce, Revolution and Reform: 1493-1859