Benjamin Franklin Papers

To Benjamin Franklin from Arthur Lee, 8 October 1779

From Arthur Lee

ALS: American Philosophical Society

Paris Octr. 8th. 1779


You had the goodness to inform me on the 17th. ult.3 that Count de Vergennes had chargd himself with enquiring whether it woud be agreable to the spanish Court that I shoud propose concluding the Treaty with them.4

I beg the favor of you now, to let me know whether you have receivd any & what answer to this enquiry.

I have the honor to be with much respect Sir yr. most Obedt. Servt.

Arthur Lee

Notation: A. Lee 8 Oct. 79. ansd—

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

3Printed under Aug. 17, above.

4Spain was unready to recognize American independence, let alone join the alliance; Floridablanca declared King Charles III would do so only when certain of dictating the law to England: Richard B. Morris, The Peacemakers: the Great Powers and American Independence (New York, Evanston, and London, 1965), p. 44.

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