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To Benjamin Franklin from David Hartley, 17 July 1780

From David Hartley

Reprinted from William Temple Franklin, ed., Memoirs of the Life and Writings of Benjamin Franklin, LL.D., F.R.S., &c … (3 vols., 4to, London, 1817–18), II, 266–8.

London, July 17, 1780.

My dear friend,

Inclosed I send you a copy of a conciliatory bill which was proposed in the house of commons on the 27th of last month. It was rejected.6 You and I have had so much intercourse upon the subject of restoring peace between Great Britain and America, that I think there is nothing farther left to be said upon the subject. You will perceive by the general tenor of the bill that it proposes a general power to treat. It chalks out a line of negociation in very general terms. I remain in the sentiments which I ever have, and which I believe I ever shall entertain, viz. those of seeking peace upon honourable terms. I shall always be ready and most desirous to conspire in any measures which may facilitate peace. I am ever, your most affectionate,

D. Hartley.

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

6Thomas Digges had already informed BF about the debate in Parliament on the proposed bill: XXXII, 622–3. The bill is printed along with Hartley’s letter in William Temple Franklin, ed., Memoirs, II, 266–8. JA forwarded to the President of Congress an English translation of a French text of it that had appeared in the Courier de l’Europe: Adams Papers, IX, 500–1.

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