Benjamin Franklin Papers

From Benjamin Franklin to Peter Blake, 22 August 1781

To Peter Blake3

AL (draft) and copy: Library of Congress

Passy, Augt. 22. 1781


The Congress having judged that the private Trade carried on with England under various Pretences, is prejudicial to the general Interest of the United States, and having lately pass’d several strong Resolutions for preventing it; I cannot presume to give any Countenance to it by the Passport you desire.

I have the honour to be Sir,

Mr. Peter Blake, Mercht. London

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

3In answer to Blake’s request of Aug. 15, above.

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