Benjamin Franklin Papers

The American Peace Commissioners to Rodolphe-Ferdinand Grand, 22 May 1783

The American Peace Commissioners to Rodolphe-Ferdinand Grand

Copies:5 Library of Congress (two), Massachusetts Historical Society; AL (draft): Massachusetts Historical Society6

Paris May 22: 1783.


We have received the Letter you did us the honour to write us on the 10th. Day of this Month, containing a brief State of the affairs of the United States in your hands.7

We see the Difficulties you are in, and are sorry to say that it is not in our Power to afford you any Relief.

We have the Honour to be &c.

To Mr. Grand.

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

5Official correspondence from this period was copied into three legation letterbooks, for which see below, pp. 437–8n.

6JA drafted this letter before the commissioners’ evening meeting on May 22; his draft is in Butterfield, John Adams Diary, III, 125.

7XXXIX, 587–9.

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