Benjamin Franklin Papers

Dumas to the American Commissioners, 28 April 1778: résumé

Dumas to the American Commissioners2

ALS: American Philosophical Society; AL (draft): Algemeen Rijksarchief

<The Hague, April 28, 1778, in French: We await the return of your letter in final form, so that I may present it. The memorandum for which Mr. Lee provided the material3 will be published within a few days; the public here must learn that Congress will make peace only on equal terms and in concert with its allies. Beware of Merckle. Friends in Amsterdam will take care of one to two hundred thousand florins in the negotiations you are planning.4>

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

2Published in Taylor, Adams Papers, VI, 64–6.

3The commissioners’ memorandum for the Dutch above, before March 31.

4For a Dutch loan. The actual negotiation did not begin until the summer; see Sir George Grand’s letter above, April 24.

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