Benjamin Franklin Papers
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From Benjamin Franklin to John Adams, 10 December 1783

To John Adams

ALS: Massachusetts Historical Society

Passy, Dec. 10. 1783.


I received the Letter you did me the honour of writing to me the 5th. Instant by Commo. Jones, with the Dispatches he brought. The Packet directed to me alone, contain’d only a Letter to the Magistrates of Hambourg, and a Diploma of Doctor of Divinity from the College at Princetown for the Reverend Mr Wren: No Commission, nor any Mention of it; so that it seems to have been forgotten or dropt.3 Perhaps our Letter which went with the Definitive Treaty4 may remind the Congress of it.

I received the Letter you mention from Messrs Willink & Compa.5 I immediately consulted Mr Grand, who brought me a Sketch of his Account with Mr Morris, by which it appeared that it was not in our Power to give Relief. I hope your Presence in Holland may be of Service.

With great Respect I have the honour to be Sir Your most obedient humble Servant

B Franklin

Honble John Adams Esqe

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

3See Boudinot to BF, Nov. 1.

4XL, 600–606.

5Above, [Nov. 30].

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