TRANSCRIPT GLC 1588
George Washington. Autograph letter signed: New York, to [Benjamin
Franklin], 1776 July. 1 p.
New York July [blank] 1776.
Within these few days I have been favourd with two
Letters from you. The first coverd one to Lord Howe
which with equal confidence I should have sent locked under
a Seal. The only difference is, that I have had an opportunity
of perusing Sentiments which cannot but be admired. The Second,
recommending the scheme of [blank; i.e, Joseph Belton] when
I have given every aid in my power to bring his project to
Your Letter to Lord Howe is gone to him, & I have the
honour to be with great esteem & regard
Y[ou]r Most Obed[ien]t & Most
Notes: Compare to Papers of George Washington, Revolutionary
Series, 5: 515. Punctuation standardized. The first letter
Washington refers to contained Congresss refusal to
accept the pardons offered by Lord Howe. The second letter
described Joseph Beltons plan to build submersible vessels
to attack the British Fleet.