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This foot note contained in document ADMS-06-06-02-0007
5. That is, Arthur Lee. Deane is attempting here, as he does throughout the letter, to draw JA into the controversy { 15 } that divided the American representatives in Europe. Arising out of contrasting personalities, notions of precedence, and questions about the propriety of Deane's financial dealings, it pitted Bancroft, Deane, and Franklin against Arthur Lee, William Lee, Ralph Izard, and William Carmichael. JA noted the split in his Diary on 21 April, together with his intention of remaining above it. Years later, in his Autobiography, he wrote, “It was no part of my Business to quarrel with any one without cause, to differ with one Party or the other, or give offence to any body. But I must and would do my duty to the Public, let it give offence to whom it might” ( Diary and Autobiography , 2:304–305; 4:67–69).