Benjamin Franklin Papers

From Benjamin Franklin to Richard Oswald, 6 June 1782

To Richard Oswald

Copy:3 Library of Congress

Passy, June 6th. 1782


I received the letter you did me the honor of writing to me, respecting the Parole of Lord Cornwallis. You are acquainted with what I wrote sometime since to Mr. Laurens.4 Tomorrow is Post-day from Holland, when possibly I may receive an Answer, with a paper drawn up by him for the purpose of discharging that Parole, to be signed by us jointly. I suppose the being at Paris another day will not be very inconvenient to Major Ross;5 and if I do not hear tomorrow from Mr. Laurens, I will immediately, in Complyance with your request, do what I can towards the Liberation of Lord Cornwallis. I have the honor to be with great Respect Sir Your most obedient Humble Servant

B. Franklin

Richd: Oswald Esqr.

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

3In a hand we do not recognize, interleaved in BF’s journal of the peace negotiations.

4Above, May 25. See also the June 5 entry in BF’s journal of the peace negotiations.

5Identified in the journal entry cited above.

Index Entries