Deane, Silas at English => English (The Britannica Concise) Of Explained:
U.S. diplomat. Born in Groton, Conn., he served as a delegate to the Continental Congress, which in 1776 sent him to France secretly to obtain financial and military assistance. The shiploads of arms he secured contributed to the Amer. victory at the Battle of Saratoga. In 1777 he, B. Franklin, and Arthur Lee (1740-1792) negotiated treaties with France for commerce and alliance. Lee later insinuated that Deane had embezzled money; though never proved, the allegations ruined him.