To William Franklin
MS not found; extract reprinted from [Jared Sparks, ed.], A Collection of the Familiar Letters and Miscellaneous Papers of Benjamin Franklin (Boston, 1833), p. 281.
[October 9, 1767]
I returned last night from Paris, and just now hear that the Ilinois settlement is approved of in the Cabinet Council, so far as to be referred to the Board of Trade for their opinion, who are to consider it next week.8
8. Shelburne presented his proposed western policy to the Cabinet on Sept. 11, 1767, and the Cabinet voted to refer it to the Board of Trade for report the same day. Alvord and Carter, eds., Trade and Politics, pp. 12–21. The plan warmly supported the proposal for several new governments in the interior of British North America. See also Jack M. Sosin, Whitehall and the Wilderness (Lincoln, Neb., 1961), pp. 153–60.