<br /> Lee Letter: n254

Washington and Lee University

Sender: Committee of Secret Correspondence
Recipient: Arthur Lee

Sir,

By this Conveyance we have the Pleasure of transmitting to you sundry
printed Papers, that Such of them as you think proper may be
immediately published in England.

We have written on the Subject of American Affairs to Monsieur C.G.F.
Dumas, who resides at the Hague.1 We
recommend it to you to correspond with him, and to send through his
Hands any Letters to us which you cannot send more directly. He will
transmit them via St. Eustatia. When you write to him direct your
Letter thus, A Mons. Monsr. C. G. F. Dumas cher Made. Ie Ve. Loder, a
la Hague: and put it under Cover directed to Mr. A. Stuckey Merchant at
Rotterdam.

Mr. Story may be trusted with any Dispatches you think proper to send us.
You will be so kind as to aid and advise him.

It would be agreable to Congress to know the Disposition of Foreign Powers
towards us, and we hope this Object will engage your Attention. We need
not hint that great Circumspection and impenetrable Secrecy are
necessary. The Congress rely on your Zeal and Abilities to serve them
and will readily compensate you for whatever Trouble and Expence a
Compliance with their Desires may occasion. We remit you for the
present Two Hundred Pounds Sterling.

Whenever you think the Importance of your Dispatches may require it, we
desire you to send an Express-Boat with them from England, for which
Service your Agreement with the Owner there shall be fulfilled by us
here.

We can now only add that we continue firm in our Resolutions to defend
ourselves, notwithstanding the big Threats of the Ministry. We have
just taken one of their Ordnance Store Ships, in which are abundance of
Carcasses & Bombs intended for burning our Towns.

With great Esteem, we are Sir, Your most obedt humble Servants

B Franklin
John Dickinson
John Jay Correspondence

Notes:

Receiver’s copy, Maine Historical Society. Written by Franklin and signed
by Franklin, Dickinson, and Jay.

1 See Benjamin Franklin to Charles William Frederic Dumas, December 9, 1775.