Benjamin Franklin Papers

To Benjamin Franklin from Thomas Grenville, [24 June 1782?]

From Thomas Grenville

AL: Library of Congress

Paris. Monday. [June 24, 1782?]3

Mr Grenville presents his Compliments to Mr Franklin: the Enabling Bill if Mr Grenville recollects right was to be read in the H. of Lords on Friday the 14th,4 & Mr Grenville has not received any account of it whatever since that date: Mr Grenville did not write yesterday, imagining that the post might have brought him some intelligence upon the subject.

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

3Monday, June 17, seems rather early for Grenville to be surprised at not hearing London news of June 14. By Monday, July 1, he should have learned that the Enabling Act had received the royal assent on June 19 (for which see our annotation of BF’s March 30 letter to Livingston).

4It received its first reading in the House of Lords on that day and passed that house on June 17: London Courant, Westminster Chronicle, and Daily Advertiser, June 15 and June 18.

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