Benjamin Franklin Papers

From Benjamin Franklin to John Adams, 30 November 1780

To John Adams

LS:4 Massachusetts Historical Society; copy: Library of Congress

Passy Nov. 30. 1780.


I have had a severe Fit of the Gout which has confined me six Weeks; but is now going off, and I flatter myself that it has done me a great deal of Good.

I have just received a Letter from Dr Ezra Stiles, of which the inclosed is an Extract. Please to communicate it to Mr Searle, and then give it to M. Dumas if you judge it proper for Publication.5 I have also a large and particular Account of Arnolds Treachery. There is not time to transcribe it for this Post, but you shall have it per next. I have the honour to be with great Esteem Sir Your Excellency’s most obed. & most humble Servant

B Franklin

Enclosed is a Letter for you which came by the same Ship.6
His Exy J. Adams Esqr.

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

4In WTF’s hand.

5Stiles’s letter was written on Oct. 10: XXXIII, 406–9. A French translation of the final portion of that letter, beginning with “By this Ship,” appears in the Dec. 15 issue of the Gaz. de Leyde (sup.).

6Perhaps Arthur Lee to JA, Sept. 28: Adams Papers, X, 184–5.

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