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From Benjamin Franklin to Bariatinskii, [c. 22 December 1783]

To Bariatinskii

AL (draft): American Philosophical Society

[c. December 22, 1783]

I have never before heard of the Resolution of Congress you mention, and I doubt much of its Existence. Nor do I know any thing of the suppos’d Decision in Council at Versailles concerning it.9 I understand that a Number of the American Officers have agreed to form themselves into a Society for the laudable Purpose among others of relieving their poor Widows & Orphans hereafter, and that they have made certain Rules for the Conduct of the Society; but I have no Copy of those Rules. When I have better Information, I shall communicate it to you with Pleasure.—

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

9The decision had been made on Dec. 18; see the headnote to Bariatinskii’s letter, above.

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