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To John Adams from Benjamin Franklin, with an Appended Memorandum, 22 January 1779

From Benjamin Franklin, with an Appended Memorandum

Jan. 22, 1779 1

Dr. Franklin presents Compliments to Mr. Adams, and requests that all the Public Papers may be sent him by the Bearer.2 Dr. Franklin will undertake to keep them in order; and will at any time chearfully look for and furnish Mr. Adams with any Paper he may have occasion for.

Mr. Adams on receit of this put all the Public Papers, then in his Possession, into the hands of W T Franklin.

Dft (PPAmP: Franklin Papers); docketed: “Notes between Mr Adams & me (BF) about the Papers. Jan. 22. 1779.” The initials in parentheses were presumably a later addition.

1This date was written in the space between the draft to JA and Benjamin Franklin’s memorandum, in a different hand.

2For the consequences of JA’s transfer of the Commission’s papers to Franklin, see Jonathan Williams’ letter of 31 Jan. to Benjamin Franklin and JA (below).

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