Benjamin Franklin Papers

To Benjamin Franklin from Thomas McKean, 20 October 1781

From Thomas McKean

LS: Historical Society of Delaware; L (draft):4 Historical Society of Pennsylvania; copy: National Archives

Philadelphia October 20th. 1781.—


Inclosed you will receive a letter from Congress to his most Christian Majesty.

As it contains a general answer to his dispatches by Lt. Colo. Laurens, and informs him, that we have charged our Minister plenipotentiary at Versailles to render more particular acknowledgements for his zeal for the reestablishment of peace upon principles coinciding with the liberty and sovereignty of the United States, and for the important succours lately administered to our necessities,5 we must call your attention to this subject.

We cannot transmit, at present, any intelligence concerning our arrangements. Imediately on their completion you shall be furnished with a copy of them.—

I have the honor to be, with the utmost regard, Sir, Your most obedient & most humble Servant

Tho M: Kean President

His Excellency Doctor Franklin

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

4In the hand of Va. congressional delegate Edmund Randolph, who also drafted the enclosed Oct. 18 resolution, which thanked King Louis XVI for his “friendly reception” of John Laurens: JCC, XXI, 1063–4; Smith, Letters, XVIII, 149.

5The specie and goods aboard the Résolue, Magicienne, and their convoys, for which see Laurens to BF, May 30, and Morris to BF, Aug. 28–Sept. 7.

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