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From Benjamin Franklin to John Adams, 27 June 1784

To John Adams

ALS: Massachusetts Historical Society

Passy, June 27. 1784.


Inclosed I have the Honour of sending to your Excellency Copies of Papers contain’d in a Dispatch just receiv’d from Congress.5 The Affair of the Free Ports recommended to us, has been sometime settled: They are Dunkirk, L’Orient, Bayonne & Marseilles.—6

I wonder much that we hear nothing from Congress of their foreign Arrangements. This short Line from the President is the only one I have receiv’d since that of Jan. 14. which accompanied the Ratification.—7

With great Respect I have the Honour to be, Sir, Your most obedient & most humble Servant

B. Franklin

His Excellency John Adams, Esqr

Endorsed: Dr Franklin 27 June

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

5Mifflin’s letter of March 20, above.

6The arrêt of May 14 also included a fifth port, St.-Jean-de Luz: XXXIX, 106.

7XLI 456–7.

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