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From Benjamin Franklin to David Hartley, 31 March 1782

To David Hartley

ALS: Historical Society of Pennsylvania; LS:8 Keya Gallery, New York (1997); copy: William L. Clements Library

Passy, March 31. 1782

Dear Sir,

I have just received your Favours of March 11 & 12. forwarded to me by Mr. Digges, and another of the 21st. per Post.9 I congratulate you on the returning good Disposition of your Nation towards America, which appears in the Resolutions of Parliamt. that you have sent me: and I hope the Change of your Ministry will be attended with salutary Effects. I continue in the same Sentiments express’d in my former Letters;1 but as I am but one of five in the Commission, and have no Knowledge of the Sentiments of the others, what has pass’d between us is to be considered merely as private Conversation. The five Persons are Messrs. Adams, Jay, Laurens, Jefferson and myself, and in case of the Death or Absence of any the Remainder have Power to act and conclude.2 I have not written to Mr Laurens, having constantly expected him here: but shall write to him by next Post; when I shall also write more fully to you, having now only time to add, that I am ever, with great Esteem and Affection, Dear Sir, Your most obedient & most humbl. Servt

B Franklin

D. Hartley Esqr.

Addressed: To / David Hartley Esqr / Golden Square / London

Endorsed: D F Mar 31 1782 / D F Mar 31 1782

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

8In the hand of Moses Young.

9For the first two see XXXVI, 684–5, 688–9; the latest is above.

1In his latest statement on the subject, written six weeks earlier (XXXVI, 585), BF had encouraged the British government to make peace proposals.

2XXXV, 161–5.

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