Benjamin Franklin Papers

From Benjamin Franklin to Francis Dana, 2 March 1781

To Francis Dana

LS:8 Massachusetts Historical Society; AL (draft) and copy: Library of Congress

Passy, March 2. 1781.


Inclos’d I send you M. Lovell’s Cypher which you desir’d. The following is a Copy of a Paragraph of his Letter in which he has made Use of it. If you can find the Key & decypher it, I shall be glad, having myself try’d in vain.

“Our Affairs at the Southward are to be judged of by the Gazettes. We 11.14.8. 12.1.3. We have a very good Prospect that the late War between is the last that will spring up between those Tribes. They have convinced each other by every Skirmish that they ought to be in perpetual Amity on the Ground of reciprocal Benefits.”9

With great Esteem I have the honour to be Sir, Your most obedient and most humble Servant.

B Franklin

Honble. Francis Dana Esqr.

Addressed: A Monsieur / Monsieur Dana / Hotel de Valois / rue de Richelieu./.

Endorsed: Dr. Franklin’s Letter with Cyphers— March 2d. 1781

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

8In L’Air de Lamotte’s hand.

9Above the cipher Dana wrote “may not boast” and “merchant & Farmers.” His deciphering is correct: XXXII, 354n.

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