Benjamin Franklin Papers

From Benjamin Franklin to Henry Laurens, 21 August 1783

To Henry Laurens

ALS: New York Public Library; press copy of ALS and copy: Library of Congress

Passy, Augt. 21. 1783.

Dear Sir,

I do not doubt but you have written to some one or other of your Colleagues since your Arrival in England; and as we have heard nothing from you, I thought it necessary by a Line to inform you that none of your Letters are come to hand.

After making and sending over many Propositions of ours & of Mr. Hartley’s, and long Delays of Answers, it is come finally to this, that the Ministers propose our signing as a Definitive Treaty the Preliminary Articles, with no Alteration or Addition, except a Paragraph of Preamble setting forth that the following Articles had been agreed to, & a concluding Paragraph confirming them. Thus I suppose the Affair will be concluded. Wishing Health & Happiness to you & yours, I am ever, with sincere & great Esteem, Dear Sir, Your most obedt humb Servt.

B. Franklin

Honble. H. Laurens Esqr

Addressed: Honble. Henry Laurens Esqr / at / Bath / Per favour of Mr Hartley

Endorsed: Doctor Franklin. Augt. 21st. 1783. Receivd. 26th. Answd. 27th.

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