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Butterfield, L. H. Boston: Massachusetts Historical Society 1973 The Adams Family Papers

John Adams, Abigail Adams, diplomacy, codes Vol 4, pp. 393-399 discusses codes used in family letters.

Isham, Charles New-York Historical Society (letters at Connecticut Historical Society Museum) 1887-1891 The Deane Papers, 5 volumes

Silas Deane, American Revolution Volumes 19-23, Collections of the New-York Historical Society

Ford, Worthington C. et. al. Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office
The Journals of the Continental Congress 1774-1789 (35 volumes)
Published Journals. 35 volumes including Index Continental Congress Vol. 1-34 were published 1904-1937. The Index (vol. 35) was created in 1976 by the National Archives and Records Service. Also available on Library of Congress' "Century of Lawmaking" website at

Hoffman, Ronald & Albert, Peter Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press 1981 Diplomacy and Revolutions: The Franco-American Alliance of 1778

French-American Alliance Contains essays on Vergennes, American feelings concerning the Alliance, historiography of the Alliance, and the Alliance as compared to NATO

Kors, Adam Charles New York: Oxford Univeristy Press 2002 Encyclopedia of the Enlightenment
Book "Deane Affair" Brief reference. Refers to the Deane Affair as the Republic's first corruption scandal.

Burnett, Edmund Cody Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office 1921-1938 Letters of Members of the Continental Congress

Continental Congress

Clark, William Bell Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office, Naval History Division 1964-1996 Naval Documents of the American Revolution. (10 volumes)

Naval Volume 2 pertains to American Revolutionary period.
Stevens, Benjamin Franklin New York: AMS Press 1970 reprint Facsimiles of Manuscripts in European Archives Relating to America, 1773-1783. (25 volumes)
Book (25 volumes) - originally compiled in 1889 Foreign Relations, England, France, Europe, North America

Bates, Albert C. (Sec. of Historical Society) Connecticut Historical Society Museum 1930 The Deane Papers, Correspondence Between Silas Deane, His Brothers and Their Business and Political Associates, 1771-1795 Vol. XXIII of Collections of the Connecticut Historical Society
Deane family letters

Parks, Roger Hanover, NH: University Press of New England 1980 Connecticut: A Biography of its History
book Connecticut History

Wharton, Francis Washington: Government Printing Office 1889 The Revolutionary Diplomatic Correspondence of the United States. Edited under direction of Congress by Francis Wharton, with preliminary index, and notes historical and legal. Pub. in conformity with act of congress of August 13, 1888

Update of Jared Sparks books of 1828
Adams, John
Boston: Little, Brown 1856 The Works of John Adams (volumes i-x)

John Adams and family and associates volume iii contains references to Silas Deane
Alden, John R.
New York: Knopf 1969 A History of the American Revolution

History of Revolution Generally supports Arthur Lee's characterization of Deane. Portrays him as traitor. Bibliographic essay. Sources emphasize Julian Boyd's and Carl Van Doren's works.
Alden, John Richard
New York: Harper Books 1954 The American Revolution, 1775-1783

history of Revolution Focuses on Deane's role as a diplomat in France
Allen, Gardner W.
Boston: Houghton, Mifflin Co. 1913, 1962, 1970 Naval History of the American Revolution, 2 volumes

Naval, American Revolution
Alsop, Susan
Garden City, New York: Doubleday. 1982 Yankees at the Court: The First Americans in Paris

American-French diplomacy History that reads like a novel with descriptions and narrative from contemporary 18th century sources. Contains a great deal on Deane. Well-footnoted. Generally balanced perspective.
Baker, Paul;Clark, Jr., Clifford; et al.
Lexington, MA: D. C. Heath & Company 1993 The Enduring Vision: A History of the American People

U.S. History, American Revolution Textbook used for AP classes. Contains no mention of Silas Deane.
Batterberry, Ariane Ruskin
New York: Pantheon Books 1965 Spy for Liberty: The Adventurous Life of Beaumarchais, Playwright and Secret Agent for the American Revolution

Beaumarchais (juvenile) biography
Bellico, Russell P.
Fleischmanns, N.Y.: Purple Mountain Press 1999 Chronicles of Lake Champlain: Journeys in War and Peace

Lake Champlain, Fort Ticonderoga
Bemis, Samuel Flagg
(Reprint) Indiana University Press. Bloomington 1935; reprinted 1967 The Diplomacy of the American Revolution 1775-1823

Bendiner, Elmer
New York: Alfred A. Knopf 1976 The Virgin Diplomats

Bernier, Olivier
New York: Dutton 1973 Lafayette: Hero of Two Worlds

Layfayette and Deane Deane mentioned in reference to his recommendation of military men especially Lafayette to Congress.
Boorstin, Daniel, Brooks Matter Kelley with Ruth Frankel Boorstin
Needham, MA: Prentice-Hall 1990 A History of the United States
High School text General U.S. history textbook Includes mention of Deane. Clear explanation of Continental Congress
Brebner, John Bartlett
Russell & Russell (textbook 1970), Columbia University Press (1958) 1958, 1970 North Atlantic Triangle: The Interplay of Canada, the United States and Great Britain
Book Diplomacy
Brookhiser, Richard
New York: Simon & Schuster 2003 Gentleman Revolutionary: Gouverner Morris, the Rake Who Wrote the Constitution

"Deane Affair," Commercial Affairs The author considers the Deane affair an example of foreign policy entangled in domestic disputes. Notes that some historians regard the affair as the "seed time" of American political parties.
Brookhiser, Richard
New York: Free Press 2002 America's First Dynasty: The Adamses 1735-1918

Continental Congress Quotes from Deane's letters regarding impressions of the various delegates arriving in Philadelphia for the Continental Congress.
Buchanan, John
New York: John Wiley & Sons 1999 The Road to Guilford Courthouse: The American Revolution in the Carolinas

Military Only two references. Impact of Deane's grants of military commissions.
Burke, James
New York: Simon & Schuster 2003 Twin Tracks: The Unexpected Origins of the Modern World

Diplomacy, France, Commerce Discussion of Deane & Beaumarchais. The explanation is both confused and uncomplimentary.
Burnett, Edmund Cody
New York: Macmillan Co.
The Continental Congress

Continental Congress Regarded as one of the best works on the Continental Congress.
Butler, John P. (compiled by)
Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office 1978 Index to The Papers of the Continental Congress 1774-1789, 5 volumes

Index to Congressional papers This is an essential tool for navigating through the approximately 50,000 papers (reproduced onto 220 reels of microfilm) of the Continental Congress.
Campbell, James
Chicago: Open Court 1999 Recovering Franklin: An Exploration of a Life of Science and Service

Franklin, Diplomacy Only 1 reference: Franklin sailed to France to serve with Deane and Lee.
Central Intelligence Agency
Washington, D.C.: Public Affairs, Central Intelligence Agency 1997 Intelligence in the War of Independence

Clark, George L.
New York: G.P. Putnam 1913 Silas Deane, a Connecticut Leader in the American Revolution

Silas Deane Text of this book is available online at
Collier, Christopher
Chester, Connecticut: Pequot Press 1973 Connecticut in the Continental Congress (Connecticut Bicentennial Series 2)

Continental Congress Excellent on Silas Deane
Collier, Christopher
Middletown, CT: Wesleyan University Press 1971 Roger Sherman's Connecticut: Yankee Politics and the American Revolution

Continental Congress, Connecticut Roger Sherman, along with Silas Deane and Eliphalet Dyer represented Connecticut in the Continental Congress.
Commager, Henry Steele & Morris, Richard B. (eds.) Henry Steele Commager & Richard B. Morris New York: Harper & Row 1958. 1967, 1995, 2002 The Spirit of Seventy-Six: The Story of the American Revolution as Told by the Participants

Documents of people from American Revolution More than a collection of documents, Commager and Morris' commentaries provide the context for letters, journal entries, recollections, official documents, etc. in this 1348 page (including Index). Commager & Morris regard Deane's early services as indispensable in the cause of Independence. Deane material includes Continental Congress, Ticonderoga, financial speculation, navy and privateers, espionage, Conyngham affair, Commissioner to France, recall, factions in Congress.
Cook, Don
New York: Atlantic Monthly Press 1995 The Long Fuse: How England Lost the American Colonies 1760-1785

American Revolution, diplomacy, Silas Deane The few references to Deane regard him as a secret agent and stress his connections with Edward Bancroft, Paul Wentworth and Lord North.
Corwin, Edwin Samuel
New York: B. Franklin 1916, 1970 French Policy and the American Alliance of 1778

diplomacy Feb. 1777 Deane signed up Layfayette for no compensation but [back]dated 12/7/1776.
Davidson, James West and Mark H. Lytle
New York: McGraw-Hill 1999 (4th edit.) "The Strange Death of Silas Deane" in After the Fact: The Art of Historical Detection

Silas Deane, Diplomacy, Espionage, Edward Bancroft Raises questions regarding historical interpretation. Relies on Julian Boyd's articles in WIlliam & Mary Quarterly, 1959 .
Deane, Silas Trumbull, J. Hammond Hartford: Connecticut Historical Society Museum 1870 (Volume II of Collections of the Connecticut Historical Society) Correspondence of Silas Deane, Delegate to the First and Second Continental Congress at Philadelphia 1774-1776, Connecticut Historical Society Collection, Vol. II

Continental Congress, Silas Deane
Deane, Silas Ingraham, Edward Duncan Philadelphia: Seventy-Six Society 1855 Papers in Relation to the Case of Silas Deane: now first published from the original manuscripts. Connecticut Historical Society Musuem

Contains both Deane and Lee's explanations to Congress
Dexter, Franklin Bowditch (M.A.)
New York: Henry Holt and Company 1896 Biographical Sketches of the Graduates of Yale College with Annals of the College History, Vol. II

Brief biographies of the graduates of Yale arranged chronologically by graduating class. Includes Silas Deane.
Dukes, Paul
London; New York; Routledge 2001 Superpowers: A Short History

International Affairs, Diplomacy Brief reference (pp. 14-15) to Deane cites his comment that "Russia like America is a new state rising with astonishing rapidity."
Dull, Jonathan R.
New Haven: Yale University Press 1985 A Diplomatic History of the American Revolution

Diplomacy of the Revolutionary period Several references. Critical of Deane's work in France. Evaluating much of the work on Deane, Dull says there is no "adequate' biography exists and concludes that allegations that Deane was a double agent are false and based only on "guilt by association."
East, Robert Abraham
New York: AMS Press 1969 Business Enterprise in the American Revolutionary Era

Commercial affairs
Einstein, Lewis
New York: Houghton Mifflin(1933). Russell & Russell division of Atheneum Publishers, Inc. (1970 reissue) 1933, reissued 1970 Divided Loyalties: Americans in England During the War of Independence

Silas Deane, loyalists, espionage, diplomacy, commercial affairs Chapter 1 "Spy, Master Spy and Silas Deane" provides a sequential account of Deane's mission to France. The author explores the actions and ironies of the "ardent patriot" Silas Deane's career as diplomat and places much of the blame for Deane's downfall on Paul Wentworth.
Ferling, John
New York: Henry Holt & Co. 1992 John Adams: A Life

John Adams Contains John Adams comments about Silas Deane.
Ferling, John
New York: Oxford University Press 2003 A Leap in the Dark: The Struggle to Create the American Republic

Diplomacy, Deane Good for Ticonderoga, Saratoga
Ferling, John E.
New York: Oxford University Press 2000 Setting the World Ablaze: Washington, Jefferson and the American Revolution

American Revolution, George Washington, Thomas Jefferson Only brief general references to Deane. A footnote refences published letters from Deane to his wife re. Continetal Congress. Good bibliographic essay includes literature on slavery and the Founding Fathers.
Fischauer, Paul (translated by Margaret Goldsmith)
London: Nicholson & Watson 1935 Beaumarchais, Adventurerer in the Century of Women

Fisher, Calvin
Stockbridge, MA: Berkshire Traveller Press 1976 A Spy at Ticonderoga

Ticonderoga Fictional story of a 14 year-old orphan who accompanies the expedition to take Ticonderoga. Not reviewed for any ref. to Deane
Flexner, James Thomas
Boston: Little Brown & Co. 1965 George Washington: The Forge of Experience 1732-1775. Vol. I

George Washington Passing references. Quotes Deane's observations regarding Washington countenance, manner, age, ability as a speaker.
Fowler, William M.
New York: Scribners 1976 Rebels Under Sail: The American Navy During the Revolution

Navy Discusses sectional tensions surrounding the work of the naval committee. Although crediting Deane's contributions the author describes Deane as "avaricious" man driven by boundless ambition.(53)
Franklin, Benjamin Sparks, Jared Chicago: T. MacCoun 1882 The works of Benjamin Franklin: containing several political and historical tracts not included in any former edition, and many letters, official and private, not hitherto published in any former edition, with notes and a life of the author.

Freeman, Douglas Southall
New York: Charles Scribner's Sons 1951 George Washington: A Biography, 7 vols.

George Washington Silas Deane in vol. iii
Fritz, Jean
New York: Putnam Publisher Group 1999 Why Not, Lafayette?

Lafayette, military Passing reference to Deane re.Lafayette. When Lafayette said he'd supply his own ship to get to America, "Deane said he would make him a major general in the American army. (Mr. Deane loved to turn Frenchmen into American Officers.)" (p.4)
Furgang, Kathy
New York: Powerkids Press 2003 The Declaration of Independence and Roger Sherman of Connecticut

Continental Congress, Roger Sherman (juvenile)
Hakim, Joy
New York: Oxford University Press 1993 Making the Thirteen Colonies

excellent basic history; part of series
Handlin, Oscar and Lillian Handlin
Garden City, NY: Doubleday 1982 A Restless People: Americans in Rebellion 1770-1787

social history of America Although no references to Deane this is a social history of 18th century America highlighting the changes occurring during the struggles for independence and the establishment of a stable govenment. Discusses some of the sectional perceptions at the time.
Harlow, Ralph V. Allen Johnson & Dumas Malone (of 21 volume series) New York: Charles Scribner's Sons 1030 "Silas Deane" in Dictionary of American Biography, vol. 5

Higginbotham, Don
New York: MacMillan 1971 The War of American Independence: Military Attitudes, Policies and Practice 1763-1789

Military Deane mentioned
Hilton, James Coy
Lansing: Michigan State University Press 1975 Silas Deane: Patriot or Traitor?

Silas Deane
Isaacson, Walter
New York: Simon & Schuster 2003 Benjamin Franklin : An American Life

biography of Franklin
Jensen, Merrill
New York: Hackett Publishing 2004 The Founding of a Nation: A History of the Revolution, 1763-1776
book Causes of Revolution
Jenson, Merrill
New York: Oxford University Press (1964); Indianapolis, IN: Hackett Publishing Co. (reprint 2004) 1968, 2004 (reprint) The Founding of a Nation: A History of the American Revolution 1763-1776

Kahn, David
New York: Scribner 1996 The Codebreakers: The Comprehensive History of Secret Communication from Ancient Times to the Internet

Espionage Although Deane not included in Index, there are entries for "invisible ink" and "Jay, Sir James."
Kahn, David
New York: Macmillan Company (1967). Scribner reissue (1983) 1967, 1983, (1996) The Codebreakers: The Story of Secret Writing

espionage Deane not listed in Index. Updated 1996 as The Codebreakers: The Comprehensive History of Secret Communication from Ancient Times to the Internet.
Kaplan, Lawrence
New York: Macmillan 1972 Colonies into Nation: American Diplomacy 1763-1801

History of the founding of the United States
Keane, John
Boston: Little, Brown & Company 1995 Tom Paine: A Political Life

Paine, Deane, Diplomacy, Commercial affairs Numerous references regarding Paine's involvement and opinions of the "Deane affair." See especially pp. 168-184.
Ketchum, Richard
New York: Henry Holt 1973, 1991, 1999 The Winter Soldiers: the Battles for Trenton and Princeton

American Revolution, Silas Deane Only a few references to Deane. Describes him as an "ambitious man with strong commercial interests and a notable streak of cupidity. "
Ketchum, Richard
New York: Henry Holt & Co. 2002 Divided Loyalties: How the American Revolution Came to New York

American Revolution Only a few passing references to Silas Deane
Ketchum, Richard
New York: Henry Holt & Co. 1997 Saratoga: Turning Point of America's Revolutionary War

Brief references.
Kitman, Marvin with introduction by John Cleese
New York: Harper & Row 1989 The Making of the President 1789: The Unauthorized Campaign Biography fo George Washington
Book (fiction, humor) fiction, satire "Tongue in cheek" humorous view of Washington as commander of the Continental Army. Contains few references to Deane "generally hailed as one of the founding political crooks of Connecticut" and a "shrewd operator in Congress."
Kurtz, Katherine
New York: Bantam 1997 Two Crowns for America
Fiction Fiction Historical fiction and fantasy.
Langguth, A. J.
New York: Simon & Schuster 1989 Patriots: the Men Who Started the American Revolution
Excellent research and commentary
Lee, Richard Henry Ballagh, James Curtain New York: DaCap Press 1970 The Letters of Richard Henry Lee. (Vols. I-II)

American Revolution
Lee, Richard Henry
Wells and Lilly, Boston (1829), Ayer Co. Pub. reprint (1977) 1829, 1977 (reprint) Life of Arthur Lee, LLD., Joint Commissioner of the United States to the Court of France and Sole Commissioner to the Courts of Spain and Prussia during the Revolutionary War. 2 Volumes
Book Arthur Lee, Diplomacy not reviewed
Lee, Williams and others Ford, Worthington C. Brooklyn: Historical Printing Club 1891 Letters of William Lee, Sheriff and Alderman of London; Commercial Agent of the Continental Congress in France; and Minister to the Courts of Vienna and Berlin, 1776-1783

diplomacy, commercial activities, Lee family
Lehman, John
New York: Simon and Schuster 2001 On Seas of Glory: Heroic Men, Great Ships and Epic Battles of the American Navy
Book Navy Passing references to Deane regarding French financed privateers. States that John Adams was the "true Father of the American Navy." (13)
Loomis, Dwight and Calhoun, J G.
Boston: The Boston History Company 1895 Judicial Civil History of Connecticut

Connecticut laws and laywers
Maclay, Edgar S.
New York: B. Franklin 1900, 1924, 1968 History of American Privateers

Maier, Pauline
New York: Knopf 1997 American Scripture: Making of the Declaration of Independence
Book Continental Congress Few references primarily referring to Deane in the Continental Congress
Malloy, William M. (comp.)
New York: Greenwood Press (1970) 1910, 1970 (reprint) Treaties, Conventions, International Acts, Protocols and Agreements between the United States of America and other Powers, 1776-1909, Vol. I

Diplomacy, Treaties Contains text of agreements and treaties of the American Revolution. NOT reviewed
Mayer, Henry
New York:Franklin Watts (1986) 1986 A Son of Thunder: Patrick Henry and the American Republic

Passing references to Deane in footnotes and as friend of Henry at Continental Congress.
McCullough, David
New York: Simon & Schuster 2001 John Adams

John Adams Contains only passing references to Siilas Deane.
McDougall, Walter A.
New York: Harper Collins 2004 Freedom Just Around the Corner: American History 1585-1828

honesty of leaders in America intersting twist on history
Meng, John J.
Washington, D. C.: Catholic University 1935 The Comte de Vergennes, European Phases of His American Diplomacy 1774-1780. (Perspectives in European History No. 26)

Middlebrook, Louis F.
Salem, MA: The Essex Institute 1925 History of Maritime Connecticut During the American Revolution, 1775-1783

Naval, Privateers Identifies particular ships, captains, owners, missions.
Middlekauff, Robert
Berkley: University of California Press 1996 Benjamin Franklin and His Enemies

Biography of Franklin Includes approximately 20 references to Deane focus primarily on the controversy with Arthur Lee.
Middlekauff, Robert
New York: Oxford University Press 1982 The Glorious Cause: The American Revolution 1763-1789

Congress, French diplomacy, commercial activities Generally negative portrayal of Deane, citing Boyd's articles and emphasizing Deane's financial conflict of interest. Cites Julian Boyd as source for much of information on Deane. Mentions that both Franklin and Deane acting without a commission from Congress formulated drafts of constitutions in 1775.
Miller, Nathan
New York: John Wiley & Sons 2001 Broadsides: the Age of Fighting Sail, 1775-1815

Navy Passing reference to Deane, stating that Connecticut, in its appointment of a ranking officer for the Continental Navy observed the "principle of patronage and nepotism" and appointed Deane's brother-in-law, Dudley Saltonstall as senior captain.
Miller, Nathan
New York: Marlowe & Co. 1997 Spying for America: The Hidden History of U.S. Intelligence

Espionage Numerous references. Regards Lee's charges as product of "jealousy and a suspicious mind." Critical annotations and bibliography.
Montross, Lynn
New York: Barnes & Noble 1950, 1970 The Reluctant Rebels: The Story of the Continental Congress 1774-1789

Continental Congress
Morgan, Edmund S.
New Haven,CT: Yale University Press 2002 Benjamin Franklin

Benjamin Franklin biography
Morris, Robert & others Ferguson, James E. Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh Press 1978 The Papers of Robert Morris 1781-1784. (4 volumes)

commercial activities, diplomacy, politics Morris was a business partner, friend and early supporter of Deane. Papers related to Lee-Deane conflict, commercial ventures, privateers, naval affairs. Volume 1 most on Deane
Morrison, Samuel Eliot
New York: Oxford University Press 1965 The Oxford History of the American People

U.S. history
Morton, Brian N. and Donald C. Spinelli
Lanham, Md.: Lexington Books 2003 Beaumarchais and the American Revolution
Book Beaumarchais, France, American Revolution
O'Toole, G.J.A.
New York: Atlantic Monthly Press 1991 Honorable Treachery: A History of U.S. Intelligence, Espionage and Covert Action from the American Revolution to the CIA

Oberholtzer, Ellis Paxson
New York: Macmillan 1968; 1903 Robert Morris, Patriot and Financier

Robert Morris Biography
Paine, Thomas Kramnick, Isaac & Foot, Michael New York: Penguin Classics 1987 (reprint ed.) The Thomas Paine Reader

Phillips, Donald T.
New York: Warner Books 1997 The Founding Fathers on Leadership: Classic Teamwork in Changing Times

Diplomacy Passing references regarding commision to France, but credits Deane with being "chiefly responsible" for the first consignment of supplies from France.
Phillips, Kevin P.
New York: Basic Books (Division of Perseus) 1999 The Cousins' War: Religion, Politics, and the Triumph of Anglo-America

Naval, Diplomacy, Commerce Passing reference. Credits Deane with suggesting supplying Bermuda with food, thereby using the island as a base from which to use light ships to disrupt British movement to the West Indies.
Potts, Louis W.
Baton Rouge: Louisiana University Press 1981 Arthur Lee: A Virtuous Revolutionary (Southern Biography Series)

Arthur Lee
Pratt, Fletcher
New York, Indianapolis: The Bobbs-Merrill Company 1939 Secret and Urgent: The Story of Codes and Ciphers

Randall, Willard Sterne
New York: Henry Holt 1994 Thomas Jefferson: A Life

Thomas Jefferson Passing reference only.
Randall, Willard Sterne
New York: Henry Holt & Company 1997 George Washington: A Life

George Washington Scant passing reference.
Randall, Willard Sterne and Nahra, Nancy
New York: Perseus Publishing 1998 Forgotten Americans: Footnote Figures Who Changed American History

Passing reference re. Deane's early social interactions with Peggy Shippen and Benedict Arnold
Reit, Seymour
San Diego: Harcourt Brace Javonovich 1990 Guns for General Washington

Fort Ticonderoga (juvenile fiction)
Renaldi, Ann
New York: Henry Holt 1994 Finishing Becca: A Story about Benedict Arnold and Peggy Shippen

Benedict Arnold (juvenile fiction) Two Deane-"name only" references
Rorabaugh, W.J. & W.J. Rosenbaugh
New York: Oxford University Press 1981 The Alcoholic Republic: An American Tradition

Passing references. Mentions that "distilling was an occupation engaged in by such prominent figures as Silas Deane's two brothers and George Washington. (p.41)
Rosenfeld, Richard N. with introduction by Edmund S. Morgan
New York: St. Martin's Griffin 1998 American Aurora: A Democratic Republican Returns the Supressed History of Our Nation's Beginnings and the Heroic Newspaper that Tried to Report It.

18th century commentary Numerous references. This is a compilation of exerpts of 18th century commentary.
Sanders, Jennings Bryan
Chapel Hill, NC: The University of North Carolina Press 1935 Evolution of the Executive Departments of the Continental Congress, 1774-1789

Continental Congress
Scheer, George F. and Rankin, Hugh
New York: DaCapo Press 1957, 1987 Rebels and Redcoats: The American Revolution Through the Eyes of Those Who Fought and Lived It

Revolutionary War Good quotes from George Washington, John Adams, Silas Deane and more
Schlesinger, A. M.
New York: AtheneumScribner (1968) 1968 The Colonial Merchants and the American Revolution, 1763-1776

Commercial Activities, American Revolution
Schoenbrun, David
New York: Harper & Row 1976 Triumph in Paris: The Exploits of Benjamin Franklin

Benjamin Franklin, diplomacy Numerous references. Discussion of Deane's work as commissioner in France, successful procurement of arms, difficulties with communications, shipping of supplies, diplomacy, intelligence and counter intelligence, financial entanglements. Generally sympathetic to Deane. No footnotes but annotated bibliography.
Seleskey, Harold E.
New Haven: Yale University Press 1990 War and Society in Colonial Connecticut

American Revolution, Connecticut Discusses military regulations drawn up by Deane and reactions to behavior of Connecticut's men.
Shaara, Jeff
New York: Balantine Books 2002 The Glorious Cause
historical fiction Revolutionary War Good understanding of Silas Deane
Shulman, David
New York: Garland Publishing 1976 An Annotated Bibliography of Cryptography

Srodes, James
Washington, D.C: Regnery Publishing 2003 Franklin: The Essential Founding Father

Benjamin Franklin biography
Stiles, Henry R. and Sherman Adams
Camden, Maine: Picton Press 1904, 1995 (reprint) The History of Ancient Wethersfield Connecticut comprising the present towns of Wethersfield, Rocky Hill, and Newington; and of Glastonbury prior to its incorporation in 1693, from date of earliest settlement until the present time. 2 volumes

Wethersfield, Silas Deane
Stinchcombe, William C.
Syracuse: Syracuse University Press 1969 The American Revolution and the French Alliance

American Revolution, France, Diplomacy
Summer, William G.
New York: Augustus M. Kelley 1968 (reprint) The Finacier and the Finances of the American Revolution. 2 volumes

Robert Morris, Finances, Commercial Activities Combination of a biography of Deane's friend and early supporter Robert Morris and financial history of the Revolution.
Thomas, Evan
New York: Simon & Schuster 2003 John Paul Jones: Sailor, Hero, Father of the American Navy

Navy Several mentions of Deane who is referred to as "embezzler," "ambitious Connecticut merchant," "avaricous," and "worst of the profiteers."
Tuchman, Barbara
New York: Knopf 1988 The First Salute

Revolutionary War naval history Only passing reference. Henry Lee aspiration to be Deane's replacement as Commissioner to France
Van Doren, Carl
Garden City, NY: Garden City Publishing Co. 1941 Secret History of the American Revolution

One of the most negative characterizations of Deane. Van Doren regards Deane as a traitor. This work along with articles by Julian Boyd form the basis for much later discussions about Silas Deane.
Van Doren, Carl
New York: Penguin (reprint 1991) 1938, 1991(reprint) Benjamin Franklin
Book Benjamin Franklin, Diplomacy
VerSteeg, Clarence Lester
New York: Octagon Books 1954, 1972 Robert Morris: Revolutionary Financier
biography and letters of Robert Morris Robert Morris biography Robert Morris was a good friend and business associate of Silas Deane
Warner, Jessica
New York: Thunder's Mountain Press 2004 John the Painter: Terrorist of the American Revolution

Espionage, sabotage, Silas Deane Chapter 5 "His Meeting with the the American Envoy to France" concerns Silas Deane connection with James Aitken's plot to burn Parliament. Contains inaccurate & outdated information regarding Deane's roots.
Warren, Mercy Otis Cohen, Lester H.(ed. 1988 reprint) Boston:Manning & Loring for E. Larkin (1805); Indianopolis: Liberty Classics (1988 ed. reprint) 1805, 1988(reprint) History of the Rise, Progress, and Termination of the American Revolution

Continental Congress, American Revolution One of the earliest histories of the Revolution. A contemporary of Deane, Warren speaks of his "weakness and ostentation, his duplicity, extravagance, and total want of principle" and charges that "he wasted the property, and bartered away the honor of his country."
Washington, George et. al. Fitzpatrick, John C. Washington, D. C: U.S. Government Printing Office 1931-1934 The Writings of Washington, 39 vols.

vol. iv has Deane information
Webb, Samuel and others Webb, James Watson private Webb family 1882 Reminiscences of General Samuel B. Webb of the Revolutionay Army Webb-Deane-Stevens Museum

Samuel B. Webb was Silas Deane's stepson
Webb, Samuel and others Ford, Worthington Chauncey Lancaster, PA.: Wickersham Press 1894 Correspondence and Journals of Samuel Blachley Webb

correspondence with Samuel Webb, including to and from Silas Deane; good view of family life vol. iii, 1783-1806, cited in this work
Webb, Samuel B. and others Ford, Worthington Chauncey Cambridge: University Press 1892, 1912 Family Letters of Samuel Blachley Webb

Samuel Webb and others
Weber, Ralph E.
Washington, D.C.: National Security Agency,Center of Cryptographic History 1993 Masked Dispatches

codes introduction by David W. Gaddy speaks of Deane
Wiencek, Henry
New York: Farrar, Strauss and Giroux 2003 George Washington, His Slaves and the Creation of America

George Washington, slavery No mention of Deane. This work focuses on the evolution of Washington's thought and actions regarding slavery and race. No mention of Deane.
Woodward, W. E.
New York: E.P Dutton 1945 Tom Paine, America's Godfather

Thomas Paine
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