. John Sullivan's letter of 15 Nov. 1780 to Meshech Weare was intercepted and subsequently
printed in London newspapers (from Edmund Jenings, 5 Feb.
, and note 3
, above). Sullivan complained that the army was “almost Naked” because of the unaccountable
failure to send uniforms purchased in France for 49,000 troops (Smith, ed., Letters of Delegates
The Marquis de Lafayette
, a French ship purchased by Leray de Chaumont in 1780 and then chartered by Jonathan
Williams, was to transport approximately 500 tons of clothing and military supplies
to America. Although it sailed with the Alliance
, the Marquis de Lafayette
became separated from the frigate on 29 April and four days later the British frigate
captured it after a three-hour battle. For a detailed history of the Marquis de Lafayette
and Benjamin Franklin's efforts to send the supplies purchased in France to the U.S.,
see Claude A. Lopez, “Benjamin Franklin, Lafayette, and the Lafayette
,” Amer. Philos. Soc., Procs.
, 108 (1964):181–223.
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.