. The only certainly identifiable letter received on this day was one to the Committee
of Secret Correspondence signed by Franklin, Deane, and Arthur Lee and dated 17 Jan.
made a copy of it and sent it to Warren on 1 April
, when he had a reliable carrier (below). It is printed in Wharton, ed., Dipl. Corr. Amer. Rev.
, 2:248–251. At its start it revealed that Vergennes had received the American Commissioners,
whose status was unofficial still in France; the foreign minister's gesture was a
sign of tentative support, however.
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, 2016.