Benjamin Franklin Papers

From Benjamin Franklin to David Hartley, 13 May 1782

To David Hartley

LS:3 American Philosophical Society; copy:4 Library of Congress; transcripts: Massachusetts Historical Society, National Archives

Passy, May 13. 1782.

My dear Friend,

I have just received your Favour of the 3d. Instant. I thank you much for the good News you give me, that “an Order is issued by your Government for the Release of all the American Prisoners everywhere, an Order not partial or conditional, but general and absolute.” I rejoice with you in this Step, not only on Account of the unhappy Captives who by it will be set at Liberty and restor’d to their Friends and Families, but as I think it will tend greatly towards a Reconciliation, on which alone the hope of a durable Peace can be founded. I am much indebted to your good Brother for a very kind and obliging Letter, which was mislaid when it should have been answered.5 I beg you would present to him my thankful Acknowledgments, and my very Sincere Respects. I join with you most heartily in the Prayer that ends your Letter, Da pacem, Domine, in Diebus nostris!

I am ever, my dear Friend, Your most affectionately

B Franklin

D. Hartley Esqe

Addressed: To / David Hartley Esqe / Golden Square / London

Endorsed: D F Ap 13 1782

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

3In L’Air de Lamotte’s hand.

4The copy and transcripts are in BF’s journal of the peace negotiations.

5XXXVI, 624–6.

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