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To Benjamin Franklin from Samuel Wharton, 22 June 1779

From Samuel Wharton

AL: American Philosophical Society

Rue L’Universite Hotel de Rome June 22d. [1779]

Mr. Wharton presents his Compliments to Mr. Franklin & sends the News Paper, containing the Spanish Declaration of War.6 Mr. W’s Friends write Him, That the Merchants & Stock Jobbers keep the Price of Stocks, from an Opinion, That Spanish War was a good Thing & would produce great Quantitys of Silver & Gold.7

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

6Almodóvar’s declaration was published in London newspapers on June 19.

7Silver and gold were no doubt expected from captured Spanish treasure ships. These shipments, however, had already arrived safely in Spain: Dull, French Navy, pp. 127–8n.

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