Benjamin Franklin Papers

From Benjamin Franklin to Arthur Lee, 24 February 1780

To Arthur Lee

LS:2 University of Virginia Library; copy: Library of Congress3

Passy, Feb 24th. 1780.


I request you would send me by the Bearer, my Grandson, the original Treaty of Alliance which I have a present Occasion to see. And if in assorting your Papers you have separated such belonging to the Publick as may be useful here, and are not necessary to you, I request you would send them also, either now or before you leave Paris.4 I have the Honour to be, Sir, Your most obedt & most humble Servant

B Franklin

Hon. Ar. Lee Esqr

Endorsed: Dr. Franklin’s Letters Feby. 24. 1780

Notation: B. Franklin to A. Lee Feb. 24th. 1780

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

2In WTF’s hand.

3Misdated Feb. 19.

4BF’s request a year earlier for all of Lee’s public papers had produced a major disagreement: XXVIII, 565, 585–6; XXIX, 109–11, 168–9, 217–18.

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