Benjamin Franklin Papers

From Benjamin Franklin to Vergennes, 4 May 1782

To Vergennes

ALS: Archives du Ministère des affaires étrangères; copy:8 Library of Congress; transcripts: Massachusetts Historical Society, National Archives

Passy, May 4. 1782.


I have the honour to acquaint your Excellency, that Mr Oswald is just returned from London and now with me.9 He has deliver’d me a Letter from Lord Shelburne, which I enclose for your Perusal, together with a Copy of my Letter to which it is an Answer.1 He tells me, that it has been agreed in Council to treat at Paris, and to treat of a General Peace: and that as it is more particularly in the Department of Mr Fox to regulate the Circumstantials, a Gentleman (Mr Grenville) to be sent by him for that purpose, may be daily expected here. Mr Oswald will wait on your Excellency whenever you shall think fit to receive him. I am, with Respect, Sir Your Excellency’s most obedient and most humble Servant

B Franklin

His Excelly. the Count de Vergennes.

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

8The copy and transcripts are in BF’s journal of the peace negotiations.

9For BF’s discussions with Oswald see BF to JA, May 8, and BF’s journal of the peace negotiations.

1BF to Shelburne, April 18, and Shelburne’s reply, April 28 (both above).

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