Benjamin Franklin Papers

To Benjamin Franklin from David Hartley, 17 July 1780

From David Hartley

Reprinted from William Temple Franklin, ed., Memoirs of the Life and Writings of Benjamin Franklin, LL.D., F.R.S., &c … (3 vols., 4to, London, 1817–18), II, 266–8.

London, July 17, 1780.

My dear friend,

Inclosed I send you a copy of a conciliatory bill which was proposed in the house of commons on the 27th of last month. It was rejected.6 You and I have had so much intercourse upon the subject of restoring peace between Great Britain and America, that I think there is nothing farther left to be said upon the subject. You will perceive by the general tenor of the bill that it proposes a general power to treat. It chalks out a line of negociation in very general terms. I remain in the sentiments which I ever have, and which I believe I ever shall entertain, viz. those of seeking peace upon honourable terms. I shall always be ready and most desirous to conspire in any measures which may facilitate peace. I am ever, your most affectionate,

D. Hartley.

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

6Thomas Digges had already informed BF about the debate in Parliament on the proposed bill: XXXII, 622–3. The bill is printed along with Hartley’s letter in William Temple Franklin, ed., Memoirs, II, 266–8. JA forwarded to the President of Congress an English translation of a French text of it that had appeared in the Courier de l’Europe: Adams Papers, IX, 500–1.

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