Benjamin Franklin Papers

To Benjamin Franklin from David Hartley, 11 June 1779

From David Hartley

Transcript: Library of Congress

London June 11 1779

My Dear friend

Before you receive this you will probably have received my last, by a private Conveyance.5 You will find by that letter, that I have not been successfull in the negotiation in which I was so desirous to give assistance. Let me just ask you; if a truce of ten years be not practicable, what wd you think of a truce for one Year as a foundation for treating. My bias leads me so strongly towards pacification that in my own private opinion I shd incline even to a truce for a single year, rather than to the continuance uninterrupted of the war. A little time given for cooling may have good effects. I will write again soon Your affecte.


[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

5His last letter was May 25.

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