Benjamin Franklin Papers

From Benjamin Franklin to John Adams, 19 January 1783

To John Adams

ALS and copy: Massachusetts Historical Society; copy: Library of Congress

Passy, Jany. 19. 1783


Late last Night I received a Note from M. de Vergennes, acquainting me that it is very essential he should have a Conference with us, and requesting I would inform my Colleagues.4 He desires that we may be with him before Ten on Monday Morning. If it will suit you to call here, we may go together in my Carriage. With great Regard, I have the honour to be, Sir, Your most obedient & most humble Servant5

B Franklin

We should be on the Road by 8.—
His Excelly. J. Adams Esqr

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

4Vergennes to BF, Jan. 18, above.

5JA went to Passy after receiving this letter. He told BF that he had been told the previous evening that Vergennes was “uneasy” at Oswald’s departure, as “he expected to sign the Preliminaries in a day or two.” Butterfield, John Adams Diary, III, 106.

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