. Franklin left England in March 1775, arriving in Philadelphia on 5 May (Carl Van Doren,
, N.Y., 1958, p. 521–523). Franklin's arrival was reported in the New England Chronicle
in the issue of 18 May 1775, and Franklin of course became a member of the Second
Continental Congress. Anyone writing about that congress could not have included this
scheme for making use of Franklin.
Cite web page as: Founding Families: Digital Editions of the Papers of the Winthrops and the Adamses, ed.C. James Taylor. Boston: Massachusetts Historical Society, 2017.