Benjamin Franklin Papers

From Benjamin Franklin to John Langdon, 17 February 1778

To John Langdon

Reprinted from Letters by Washington, Adams, Jefferson and Others. Written during and after the Revolution, to John Langdon, New Hampshire (Philadelphia, 1880), pp. 81–2.

Paris, Feb. 17, 1778.

Dear Sir:

I was much oblig’d by your News of Gen. Burgoyne.3 Accept in Return my Congratulations on the Conclusion of two Treaties with France, one of Amity and Commerce the other of Alliance: which are on the most equal Terms, leaving our Trade open, acknowledging our Independence, and guaranteeing it with all our Possessions. This will probably bring on a War, for which both Nations have been long preparing, and it is now daily expected. I have the honor to be Dear Sir Your most obedient humble Servant

B. Franklin.

Honorable J. Langdon, Esq.

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

3In his letter to the commissioners above, Oct. 29.

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