Benjamin Franklin Papers

To Benjamin Franklin from John Adams, 7 July 1781

From John Adams

AL: American Philosophical Society

Hotel de Valois July. 7 17818

Mr Adams presents his Compliments to Dr Franklin and prays him to let his servant take the Trunks left at Passy to Paris. Mr A. will do himself the Honour to pay his Respects to his Excellency, very soon.

Addressed: a Monsieur / Monsieur Francklin Ministre / Plenip des Etats unis de lamerique / A Passy

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

8JA had been summoned to Paris by Vergennes to discuss the proposals which the Austrian and Russian governments had offered as mediators of the war (for which see the headnote to the commissions of the American peace commissioners, June 15). He arrived on July 6: Butterfield, John Adams Diary, II, 456–8; James H. Hutson, John Adams and the Diplomacy of the American Revolution (Lexington, Ky., 1980), pp. 96–7. WTF later said that JA “was entirely silent with my Grandfather, as to the business he came upon”: WTF to Carmichael, July 27 (Library of Congress).

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