Reprinted from William Temple Franklin, ed., Memoirs of the Life and Writings of Benjamin Franklin … (3 vols., 4to, London 1817–18), II, 386.
Paris, July 9, 1782.
I have the honour to inform you, my dear Sir, that Mr. Grenville’s express is arrived this morning by way of Ostend.3 The gentleman is gone to Versailles.4 I fancy he will wait upon you, and will be much obliged to you, to let me know what your opinion is. I am going to Saint Germain, but if any intelligence comes to hand will communicate it as soon as possible.5 I rest respectfully and affectionately, yours,
3. According to Grenville, the courier had arrived the night before. He carried a letter from Shelburne dated July 5: Giunta, Emerging Nation, I, 459.
4. To meet with Vergennes. See BF’s response to Lafayette, immediately below.
5. Lafayette sent a very similar letter to Jay: Morris, Jay: Peace, p. 250.