Our Collection

At the Institute’s core is the Gilder Lehrman Collection, one of the great archives in American history. More than 70,000 items cover five hundred years of American history, from Columbus’s 1493 letter describing the New World to soldiers’ letters from World War II and Vietnam. Explore primary sources, visit exhibitions in person or online, or bring your class on a field trip.

Lee, William (1739-1795) to Benjamin Franklin, Silas Deane, and Arthur Lee

High-resolution images are available to schools and libraries via subscription to American History, 1493-1943. Check to see if your school or library already has a subscription. Or click here for more information. You may also order a pdf of the image from us here.

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC00496.268 Author/Creator: Lee, William (1739-1795) Place Written: Chaillot, France Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 20 January 1778 Pagination: 1 p. : address : docket ; 23 x 18.5 cm.

Summary of Content: Addressed to Franklin, Deane, and Lee as the Commissioners at Versailles. Now that he has received a copy of a treaty, he will go to Vienna to take up his appointment there. Also comments on money needed for travel.

Background Information:

People: Lee, William, 1739-1795
Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790
Deane, Silas, 1737-1789
Lee, Arthur, 1740-1792

Historical Era: American Revolution, 1763-1783

Subjects: Revolutionary WarDiplomacyTreatyGlobal History and US Foreign PolicyGlobal History and US Foreign PolicyFinanceGovernment and Civics

Sub Era: The War for Independence

Order a Copy Citation Guidelines for Online Resources