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To Benjamin Franklin from David Hartley, 26 March 1784

From David Hartley

ALS: Library of Congress

London March 26 1784

Dear Sir

I have received yours of the 11th instant. I am to inform you in answer that it is not thought necessary on the part of Great Britain to enter into any formal convention for the prolongation of the term in wch the ratifications were to be exchanged as the delay in America appears to have arisen merely in consequence of the inclemency of the season. There will be no delay on our part in exchanging the ratifications of the definitive treaty with the united States as soon as that on their part shall arrive.—5 I shall be very happy when you send me notice of that arrival, for the pleasing opportunity that it will afford me of seeing you again. I beg my best Compts to Mr Adams if at Paris and to Mr Jay & all friends. I am with the greatest affection & Esteem ever Yours

D Hartley

To Dr Franklin &c &c &c—

Endorsed: D Hartley Esqr to B F. March 26. 1784

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

5Hartley had presented the issue to Carmarthen in a letter of March 22, which enclosed the letter from Mifflin to BF that BF had sent on March 11 (National Archives, London). For more background see Laurens to BF, March 28.

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