March 21, 2021
After receiving a vague letter from Congress recalling him in spring 1778, Silas Deane returned to Philadelphia. He sailed aboard the French fleet and having successfully finalized the Treaties of Amity and Commerce.
Upon his arrival, the Continental Congress kept him waiting for months while circulating rumors about accusations against him. After months of waiting and not being allowed to leave Philadelphia, Deane published an angry article in the newspapers. This only resulted in a messy and public dispute that delegates held against Deane.
After well over a year, Congress ended the hearings with no final determination. Deane was left without a position or compensation for his time. Deane would eventually return to Europe as a private citizen.
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Book Recommendation of the Week: Silas Deane, Revolutionary War Diplomat and Politician, by Milton C. Van Vlack.
Online Recommendation of the Week: The Diplomatic Correspondence of the American Revolution, by Jared Sparks:
Vol. 1: Silas Deane’s Correspondence: https://archive.org/details/diplomaticcorres01sparuoft
Vol. 2: Arthur Lee’s Correspondence: https://archive.org/details/diplomaticcorres02sparuoft
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