Benjamin Franklin Papers

From Benjamin Franklin to Thomas Grenville, 31 May 1782

To Thomas Grenville3

Copy:4 Library of Congress; transcripts: Massachusetts Historical Society, National Archives

Passy May 31st. 1782.


I do not find that I have any express Authority to absolve a Parole given by an English Officer in America. But desirous of Complying with a Request of the Duke of Richmond as far as may be in my Power, and being confident that the Congress will be pleased with whatever may oblige a Personage they so much Respect. I do hereby consent that Capt. Macleod serve in his military Capacity, in England, only, till the pleasure of the Congress is known, to whom I will write immediately,5 and who I make no doubt will discharge him entirely.— I have the honour to be Sir,

Mr Grenville

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

3In answer to a verbal request made by Grenville on May 26, on behalf of the Duke of Richmond; see the June 1 entry in BF’s journal of the peace negotiations.

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

5We have found no indication that he did so.

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