Benjamin Franklin Papers

From Benjamin Franklin to Elias Boudinot, 31 August 1783

To Elias Boudinot6

LS,7 press copy of LS,8 and transcript: National Archives; copy: University of South Carolina Library

Passy, Augt. 31. 1783.


After a continued Course of Treating for 9 Months, the English Ministry have at length come to a Resolution to lay aside for the present all the new Propositions that have been made & agreed to, their own as well as ours; and they offer to sign again as a Definitive Treaty the Articles of Novr 30th. 1782, the Ratifications of which have already been exchang’d. We have agreed to this, and on Wednesday next, the 3d. Septr. it will be signed with all the other Definitive Treaties, establishing a General Peace, which may God long continue.

I am with great Respect Sir, Your Excellency’s, most obedient and most humble Servant

B Franklin

His Exy The Presdt. of Congress.

Notation: Letter Aug 31. 1783 B Franklin definitive treaty agreed on

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

6WTF sent a copy of this letter to Henry Laurens at Bath so that “Mr. Lawrens will be made acquainted with what is going on here.” WTF to Laurens, Aug. 31, 1783, S.C. Hist. Soc.

7In WTF’s hand.

8Made before the signature was added.

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