Silas Deane Letters for the years 1776 thru 1784

Silas Deane

Silas Deane wrote 70 Letters from a total of 7 locations including Paris, FR, Bordeaux, FR, and Delaware Bay, DE. Silas Deane wrote a total of 10 people including John Jay, and Henry Laurens. Most of Silas Deane's letters were written in the year 1776. Several other letters were written in 1778 and 1779. Who did Silas Deane know? View Silas Deane's social graph.

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  • Silas Deane letter to .

    Paris, FR - 18 August 1776

    M. Penet had somehow got intelligence of my being in France, and that I was expected at Paris ; he, therefore, waited for me, and I saw him the next day at my hotel

  • Silas Deane letter to Charles Gravier.

    Paris, FR - 22 August 1776

    I was this morning informed of the arrival of Mr Arthur Lee, and that he would be in Paris tomorrow. This was surprising to me, as I knew of no particular affair that might call him here

  • Silas Deane letter to Robert Morris.

    Bordeaux, FR - 17 September 1776

    I shall send you in October clothing for 20,000 men, 30,000 fusils, 100 tons of powder, 200 brass cannon, 24 brass mortars, with shells, shot, lead, he. in proportion.

  • Silas Deane letter to Robert Morris.

    Paris, FR - 30 September 1776

    To solicit arms, clothing, and tents for thirty thousand men, two hundred brass cannon, mortars, and other stores in proportion, and to be destitute of one shilling of ready-money

  • Silas Deane letter to .

    Paris, FR - 1 October 1776

    For me, alas ! I had nothing left but to make the most positive assertions, that no accommodation would or could take place, and to pledge myself in the strongest possible manner, that thus would turn out the event

  • Silas Deane letter to .

    Paris, FR - 8 October 1776

    Your Declaration of the fourth of July last has given this Court, as well as several others in Europe, reason to expect you would in form announce your Independency to them, and ask their friendship

  • Silas Deane letter to .

    Paris, FR - 17 October 1776

    I once more put pen to paper, not to attempt, what is absolutely beyond the power of language to paint, my distressed situation here, totally destitute of intelligence or instructions from you since I left America

  • Silas Deane letter to John Hancock.

    Paris, FR - 17 October 1776

    The bearer, Mons. M. Martin de la Balme, has long served with reputation in the armies of France as a Captain of Cavalry, and is now advanced to the rank of a Lt Colonel

  • Silas Deane letter to William Bingham.

    Paris, FR - 17 October 1776

    My request is, that you would inquire into the state of that island, by proper emissaries, and if the Caribs are disposed to revolt, encourage them and promise them aid of arms and ammunition.

  • Silas Deane letter to .

    Paris, FR - 20 October 1776

    I have purchased two hundred tons of powder, and ordered the sarae to be shipped to Martinique to the care of Mons. Deant, to the direction of Mr Bingham for your use.

  • Silas Deane letter to William Bingham.

    Paris, FR - 25 October 1776

    I have received no letter from you since those of the 4th and 5th of August last, nor any intelligence from Congress since the 5th June, which not only surprises but distresses me.

  • Silas Deane letter to .

    Paris, FR - 6 November 1776

    If the Congress do not mean to apply for foreign alliances, let me entreat you to say so, and rescind your resolutions published on that head, which will he but justice to the powers of Europe

  • Silas Deane letter to .

    Paris, FR - 9 November 1776

    The want of intelligence retards every thing ; as I have not a word from you since the 5th of June last, I am well nigh distracted.

  • Silas Deane letter to .

    Paris, FR - 26 November 1776

    This serves only to enclose and explain the within State of the Commerce of Leghorn, which was given me by the Envoy of the Grand Duke of Tuscany

  • Silas Deane letter to John Hancock.

    Paris, FR - 27 November 1776

    The bearer, Mr Rogers, is a native of Maryland, whom I fortunately met in the hotel I some months lodged in.

  • Silas Deane letter to .

    Paris, FR - 27 November 1776

    Admiral Montague lately returned from the Banks, where the fishermen have had a wretched season, in consequence of the American privateers.

  • Silas Deane letter to .

    Paris, FR - 28 November 1776

    This letter was very far from relieving me, as it enclosed what had been circulated through Europe for two months before, and my pretending to inform this Court would be only a matter of form

  • Silas Deane letter to .

    Paris, FR - 29 November 1776

    I should never have completed what I have, but for the generous, the indefatigable and spirited exertions of Monsieur Beaumarchais, to whom the United States are on every account greatly indebted

  • Silas Deane letter to .

    Paris, FR - 29 November 1776

    I have recommended several officers to your service, but none with greater pleasure, scarce any one with so much confidence of his answering great and valuable purposes, as the bearer, Colonel Conway

  • Silas Deane letter to .

    Paris, FR - 1 December 1776

    Among the many important objects, which employ your whole attention, I presume ways and means for defraying the expenses of the present war have a capital place.

  • Silas Deane letter to .

    Paris, FR - 3 December 1776

    Immediately on my arrival, I sent forward your bills, a large part of which were protested, and intelligence arriving of the loss of Canada, and that Carleton was even on the frontiers of the Colonies

  • Silas Deane letter to John Jay.

    Paris, FR - 3 December 1776

    If my letters arrive safe they will give you some idea of my situation. Without intelligence, without orders, and without remittances, yet boldly plunging into contracts, engagements, and negotiations, hourly hoping that something will arrive from Am

  • Silas Deane letter to .

    Paris, FR - 6 December 1776

    You have enclosed the duplicate of an agreement with Mons. du Coudray, of my orders for clothing, stores, &c.

  • Silas Deane letter to Charles Gravier.

    Paris, FR - 8 December 1776

    I received last evening a letter from my friend, Dr Franklin, at Nantes, which place he was to leave last sunday morning, so that I expect him in Paris this day

  • Silas Deane letter to .

    Paris, FR - 12 December 1776

    Just as I had closed my despatches by the Generals de Coudray and Baron de Kalb, I was most agreeably surprised with a letter from Dr Franklin, at Nantes, where he arrived

  • Silas Deane letter to .

    Paris, FR - 20 January 1777

    I have met with disappointments, unexpected as they have been affecting ; after orders and counter orders and manoeuvres, the very history of which would fill a volume

  • Silas Deane letter to .

    Paris, FR - 6 February 1777

    The bearer, Mons. Holtzendorff, is a Prussian officer, who served the last war in Germany, and with reputation. Gentlemen of first character in the army here have recommended him

  • Silas Deane letter to .

    Paris, FR - 27 February 1777

    This will be delivered you by Captain Gov, who, with his lieutenant and two sergeants, embarks with thirty field pieces, ten ton of powder, ball, lead, he. which I wish safe and in season for service

  • Silas Deane letter to John Hancock.

    Paris, FR - 8 April 1777

    The bearer. Viscount Mourreu, is the gentleman of whom I formerly wrote, and who has been long detained by a variety of accidents, which he can relate to you at large.

  • Silas Deane letter to Robert Morris.

    Paris, FR - 23 August 1777

    I mean to give you a short view of the conduct of this Court, with respect to American ships of war, private as well as public, which I cannot well do without giving you a history of facts.

  • Silas Deane letter to .

    Paris, FR - 3 September 1777

    Captain Landais is the bearer of this. He goes in the Heureuse, loaded with stores for America.

  • Silas Deane letter to .

    Paris, FR - 10 September 1777

    This will be handed you by M. Francy, who is agent for Messrs Rodrique Hortalez & Co. You will see by the bills of lading, the quantity of stores shipped by that house, and make some judgment

  • Silas Deane letter to Robert Morris.

    Paris, FR - 23 September 1777

    I take the liberty of enclosing an extract of a letter written jointly by Dr Franklin and myself in March last

  • Silas Deane letter to Henry Laurens.

    Delaware Bay, DE - 10 July 1778

    I have now the pleasure of acquainting your Excellency of my arrival here yesterday, on board the Languedoc, commanded by his Excellency Count D'Estaing

  • Silas Deane letter to Henry Laurens.

    Philadelphia, PA - 28 July 1778

    I had the honor of receiving on the 4th of March last, in a letter from Mr Lovell, (a copy of which I now enclose,) the orders of Congress, announcing my recall, and directing my immediate return.

  • Silas Deane letter to Henry Laurens.

    Philadelphia, PA - 8 September 1778

    I pray your Excellency to remind the Congress, that I still wait to receive their orders

  • Silas Deane letter to Henry Laurens.

    Philadelphia, PA - 11 September 1778

    I received your note, in which you politely informed me that you had laid before Congress the letter, which I did myself the honor of writing to your Excellency a few days since.

  • Silas Deane letter to Henry Laurens.

    Philadelphia, PA - 22 September 1778

    I had the honor personally to inform Congress generally, of my public transactions under their authority from the time of my departure from Philadelphia in March, 1776, until my return.

  • Silas Deane letter to Henry Laurens.

    Philadelphia, PA - 24 September 1778

    Being informed that letters from Mr Izard, reflecting on my character and conduct whilst in the service of the public abroad, have been read in Congress, I have to ask that honorable body to grant me copies thereof

  • Silas Deane letter to Henry Laurens.

    Philadelphia, PA - 7 October 1778

    I had the honor of receiving the order of Congress of the 26th, directing me to attend on the 29th, at three o'clock in the afternoon

  • Silas Deane letter to Henry Laurens.

    Philadelphia, PA - 12 October 1778

    I received your letter of the 7th instant, in which you informed me, that mine of the same date to you was by Congress ordered to lie on the table, until the examination of Mr Carmichael should be finished.

  • Silas Deane letter to Henry Laurens.

    Philadelphia, PA - 12 October 1778

    I find charges which respect me, supported by his opinions, and by what he declares to have heard from the honorable Arthur Lee, who, by his own account, is my irreconcilable enemy.

  • Silas Deane letter to Henry Laurens.

    Philadelphia, PA - 12 October 1778

    I beg leave to lay before Congress a few observations on the extracts from Mr Arthur Lee's letter, dated Paris, June 1st, 1778, read in Congress

  • Silas Deane letter to Henry Laurens.

    Philadelphia, PA - 12 October 1778

    On my return to Paris, I laid M. Gerard's proposals before my colleagues, who agreed generally to the justice and propriety of them

  • Silas Deane letter to Henry Laurens.

    Philadelphia, PA - 0 November 1778

    I am still so unhappy, as to be without the honor of any reply to the several letters I have written through you to Congress, praying that honorable body to favor me with an audience

  • Silas Deane letter to Henry Laurens.

    Philadelphia, PA - 1 November 1778

    The providing for the redemption of our money, and the establishment of a marine, are objects, which in my view, far exceed in the magnitude and extent of their importance

  • Silas Deane letter to Henry Laurens.

    Philadelphia, PA - 19 November 1778

    I send it enclosed, to show Congress that the monies mentioned by Mr A. Lee, in his letter of the 1st of June last, to have been received by that gentleman, have, in the opinion of two of the commissioners, been well laid out

  • Silas Deane letter to Henry Laurens.

    Philadelphia, PA - 4 December 1778

    my detention is extremely prejudicial to my private affairs

  • Silas Deane letter to John Jay.

    Philadelphia, PA - 21 December 1778

    I have now committed to writing as particular an account of my agency of their affairs in Europe as my situation will permit, and wait the pleasure of Congress to lay the same before them.

  • Silas Deane letter to John Jay.

    Philadelphia, PA - 30 December 1778

    When I had the honor of waiting on Congress last, I was informed that I should be favored with an opportunity of finishing my narrative without delay.

  • Silas Deane letter to John Jay.

    Philadelphia, PA - 4 January 1779

    I took the liberty of mentioning to Congress a circumstance, which made me very solicitous for a final issue of my affairs, which was the illiberal and abusive attacks made on my character

  • Silas Deane letter to John Jay.

    Philadelphia, PA - 21 January 1779

    my affairs are become so pressing and so peculiarly circumstanced, that it is impossible for me to attend longer without doing greater prejudice to myself and interest

  • Silas Deane letter to John Jay.

    Philadelphia, PA - 22 February 1779

    I hope I shall not be deemed guilty of an unbecoming impatience in pressing to know, if Congress have any further commands for me, and in what manner my past transactions, as their agent and commissioner, are to be adjusted and closed.

  • Silas Deane letter to John Jay.

    Philadelphia, PA - 16 March 1779

    I have now only to add, that my situation, which for eight months past has been peculiarly distressing, is now become such as to oblige me to leave this city without further delay

  • Silas Deane letter to John Jay.

    Philadelphia, PA - 29 March 1779

    You were pleased to inform me verbally, that my letter was referred to the committee, who were ordered to report immediately.

  • Silas Deane letter to John Jay.

    Philadelphia, PA - 17 April 1779

    I ask liberty to refer to the two last letters, which I did myself the honor of writing to you on the 30th ult. and 2d instant, and which remain unanswered.

  • Silas Deane letter to John Jay.

    Philadelphia, PA - 21 April 1779

    As I shall be obliged to leave Philadelphia in a few days at farthest, I have again to solicit a decisive reply to my last.

  • Silas Deane letter to John Jay.

    Philadelphia, PA - 26 April 1779

    It is now more than twelve months since, in obedience to their orders, I left France, to return to my native country.

  • Silas Deane letter to M Holker.

    Philadelphia, PA - 26 April 1779

    I was this day surprised to hear, that in a memorial you had presented to Congress, you had said that the suits of clothes furnished by Messrs Sabbatier and Desprez, ought not to cost (or did not cost) more than 32 or 34 livres each

  • Silas Deane letter to John Jay.

    Philadelphia, PA - 27 April 1779

    I heard yesterday, by accident, that an honorable gentleman in Congress had made a calculation from the general account, which I gave in my narrative of the price of the clothes purchased in France

  • Silas Deane letter to John Jay.

    Philadelphia, PA - 30 April 1779

    In my letter of Monday last, I mentioned my intention to leave town in the course of the week. I am now waiting for no other purpose, but to know if Congress will take notice of the requests

  • Silas Deane letter to John Jay.

    Philadelphia, PA - 12 May 1779

    You will much oblige me, by informing me what resolutions Congress have come to on my letters of the 26th, 27th, and 30th ult. as well as on the petitions I have repeatedly made

  • Silas Deane letter to John Jay.

    Philadelphia, PA - 22 May 1779

    As this will probably be the last time I shall trouble Congress with my addresses to them, I hope to be indulged in briefly laying before them the following observations on my case and situation.

  • Silas Deane letter to John Jay.

    Philadelphia, PA - 18 August 1779

    I do myself the honor of enclosing a memorial, which I Beg of you to lay before Congress as early as may be

  • Silas Deane letter to John Jay.

    Philadelphia, PA - 4 September 1779

    I take the liberty of addressing you on the subject of a memorial I presented to Congress

  • Silas Deane letter to Samuel Huntington.

    Philadelphia, PA - 23 November 1779

    As I have received no answer to my memorial of the 16th of August last, I conclude none will be given, and, consequently, that I am laid under the necessity of returning to Europe in the best manner I can, and at my own expense.

  • Silas Deane letter to Samuel Huntington.

    Williamsburgh, MD - 18 December 1779

    the order of Congress in my favor on the continental treasurer for ten thousand five hundred dollars being mislaid, was not enclosed.

  • Silas Deane letter to Samuel Huntington.

    Paris, FR - 10 May 1781

    On my arriving in France, I applied to Mr Johnson to appoint a time for examining my accounts and vouchers, which I told him would soon be ready.

  • Silas Deane letter to John Hanson.

    Ghent, BEL - 17 March 1782

    I have written repeatedly to Congress, and to Mr. Morris, and enclosed my accounts ; as I have not been honored with any answer

  • Silas Deane letter to John Jay.

    London, ENG - 21 January 1784

    I am at a loss what to conclude on, whether my letter might have failed, or that you do not incline to favour me with an interview ; and hence I am induced to trouble you with this