Benjamin Franklin Papers

Franklin and John Jay to Thomas Mifflin, 16 April 1784

Franklin and John Jay to Thomas Mifflin

ALS4 and copy: National Archives; press copy of ALS: Library of Congress

Passy, April 16. 1784.


We duly received the Letters your Excellency did us the honour of writing to us the 14th of January by Colonel Harmar & Lieut. Col. David Franks, with the Ratification of the Definitive Treaty, the Proclamation, & the Recommendatory Resolves of Congress.5 On the Arrival of Col. Harmar, we immediately wrote to Mr Hartley, acquainting him that we were now ready to exchange with him; sending him at the same time Copies of the Proclamation and Resolutions. We have this Day receiv’d from him the enclos’d Answer,6 and we expect he will soon be here, and put with us the finishing Hand to this important Business.

With great Respect, we have the honour to be, Sir, Your Excellency’s most obedient & most humble Servants—

B. Franklin

John Jay

His Excellency Thomas Mifflin, Esqr President of Congress

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

4In BF’s hand.

5XLI, 456–7, 464–6. For Harmar’s arrival see BF to Jay, March 30. Franks arrived in Paris on April 15: Josiah Harmar’s diary, entry of April 15, 1784 (Clements Library).

6BF and Jay to Hartley, March 31, and Hartley’s reply of April 9, both above.

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