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From Benjamin Franklin to David Hartley: Two Letters, 7 September 1783

To David Hartley: Two Letters

(I) Copies: Library of Congress (two), William L. Clements Library, Massachusetts Historical Society; (II) Copies: Library of Congress (two), William L. Clements Library, Massachusetts Historical Society, Public Record Office

I.

Passy Septr. 7th. 1783

My dear Friend,

The enclosed Letters to you and to Mr. Fox9 were written before I saw you yesterday. On my return home last night I found despatches from Congress which may remove the Difficulties we were entangled with.1 Mr. Adams will be here this Morning, when you will hear from us.

I am ever Yours sincerely

(signed)B. Franklin

To David Hartley Esqr.

II.

Passy Septr. 7. 83.

My Dear Friend

Enclosed I send you an Extract of a Letter to me from the President of Congress2 in which you will observe the moderate disposition of that Body towards the Loyalists with the Causes of Aggravation in the People’s Resentments against them: I am always invariably Yours most sincerely

(signed)B. Franklin

David Hartley Esqr.

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

9Written on Sept. 6 and Sept. 5, respectively.

1The commissioners were undoubtedly discussing with Hartley their lack of a commission to conduct further negotiations. Boudinot’s letter of June 16, informing them that a commission was forthcoming, had just arrived; see their letter to Hartley immediately below.

2The penultimate paragraph of Boudinot to BF, June 18, beginning, “You will receive herewith a Number of our late News-Papers.”

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