. Lee is referring to Franklin's reply of 3 May to his of the 2d (Wharton, ed., Dipl. Corr. Amer. Rev.
Cal. Franklin Papers, A.P.S.
, 2:71). In a letter of 6 May, Lee renewed his plea that the Alliance
convoy the ships to America, but it was not until 15 May, when he met with Franklin,
that Lee was told that he had received no reply because the ships had already sailed
and thus there was nothing to be done (same, 2:72; PCC
, No. 102, III, f. 25–26). For Franklin's real reason for refusing, see his letter
of 24 April, note 1