Benjamin Franklin Papers

The American Commissioners to James Smith, 17 November 1778

The American Commissioners to James Smith

AL (draft):3 Massachusetts Historical Society; two copies: National Archives

Passy Novr 17. 1778


Your Letter of the 15th We duly received, and have written to his Excellency the Compte De Vergennes upon the Subject of it,4 and inclosed to him the Certificate from Mr Pain.

Your Request of a Passport, to go to England We do not think We can consistently grant, unless you previously Subscribe the Declaration and take the oath of Allegiance to the united States of America. If you comply with this Condition, We can give you the Customary Passport to Calais.

Dr Smith

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

3In JA’s hand.

4The letter which immediately follows.

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