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Collection Reference Number GLC02301
From Archive Folder Documents Relating to 1778 
Title Benjamin Franklin to Silas Deane regarding relations with Arthur Lee
Date 7 April 1778
Author Franklin, Benjamin (1706-1790)  
Recipient Deane, Silas  
Document Type Correspondence
Content Description 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."
Subjects Revolutionary War  Military History  Global History and Civics  Diplomacy  Congress  Military Supplies  Continental Congress  Corruption and Scandal  
People Franklin, Benjamin (1706-1790)  Deane, Silas (1737-1789)  Lee, Arthur (1740-1792)  Adams, John (1735-1826)  
Place written Passy, Paris, France
Theme Government & Politics; Foreign Affairs; The American Revolution
Sub-collection The Gilder Lehrman Collection, 1493-1859
Additional Information Signer of the U.S. Constitution.
Copyright The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
Module Settlement, Commerce, Revolution and Reform: 1493-1859
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