Benjamin Franklin Papers

To Benjamin Franklin from the Committee of Secret Correspondence, 1 January 1777

From the Committee of Secret Correspondence

LS: Library of Congress; University of Pennsylvania Library; copies: Library of Congress, National Archives (four)

Baltimore 1 January, 1777

Honorable Sir

Congress relying on your wisdom and integrity, and well knowing the great Importance of the Case, have appointed you their Commissioner to negotiate a treaty of friendship and commerce with the Court of Spain. The Idea of Congress on this Subject you will find in the instructions of Congress sent by this opportunity to yourself and the other Commissioners at the Court of France. Your Commission for this special service we have now the honor to inclose you.5We are with great Respect and Esteem Honorable Sir Your most obedient and very humble Servants

Benja Harrison
Richard Henry Lee
Jno Witherspoon
Will Hooper

Doctor Franklin

Endorsed: Letter from Committee of Correspondence to B. Franklin, acquainting him with his Appointment to the Court of Spain Jan. 1. 1777

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

5The committee was anticipating formal Congressional approval of the new instructions and BF’s letter of credence as commissioner to Spain; see the next headnote.

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