Benjamin Franklin Papers

From Benjamin Franklin to the Earl of Shelburne, 13 May 1782

To the Earl of Shelburne

ALS and two copies: Public Record Office; copy:1 Library of Congress; transcripts: Massachusetts Historical Society, National Archives

Passy, May 13. 1782

I did myself the honour of Writing to your Lordship a few days since by Mr Grenville’s Courier,2 acknowledging the Receipt of yours of the 28th past by Mr Oswald. I then hoped that Gentleman would have remain’d here some time; but his Affairs it seems recall him sooner than he imagin’d. I hope he will return again, as I esteem him more the more I am acquainted with him; and his Moderation, prudent Counsels, & sound Judgment, may contribute much, not only to the speedy Conclusion of a Peace, but to the framing such a Peace as may be firm and long-lasting.

With great Respect, I am, My Lord, Your Lordships most obedient and most humble Servant

B Franklin

Rt. honble. the Earl of Shelburne

Endorsed: Passy 13th May 1782 Benjn: Franklin Esqr. Rx. 22d by Mr. Oswald In Mr. Oswald’s 21 May 1782.

1This copy and the transcripts are in BF’s journal of the peace negotiations.

2Above, May 10.

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