Benjamin Franklin Papers

From Benjamin Franklin to Baron Grantham, 11 September 1782

To Baron Grantham3

AL (draft): Library of Congress

Passy, Sept. 11. 1782

My Lord

A long & severe Indisposition has delay’d my acknowledging the Receipt of the Letter your Lordship did me the Honour of Writing to me by Mr Fitzherbert:—4

You do me Justice in believing that I agree with you in earnestly Wishing the Establishment of an honourable and lasting Peace; and I am happy to be assur’d by your Lordship, that it is the real System of the Ministers with whom you are Cooperating.— I know it to be the sincere Desire of the United States; and With such Dispositions on both sides, there is reason to hope that the good Work in its Progress will meet with little Difficulty. A small one has occur’d in the Commencement, with which Mr Oswald will acquaint you. I flatter myself that means will be found on your part for removing it, and my best Endeavours in removing subsequent ones, (if any should arise) may be firmly rely’d on.—

I had the Honour of being known to your Lordship’s Father.5 On several Occasions he manifested a Regard for me, and a Confidence in me.— I shall be happy if my Conduct in the present important Business may procure me the same Rank in the Esteem of his worthy Successor.

I am, with sincere Respect, My Lord, Your Lordship’s

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

3British secretary of state for foreign affairs: XXXVII, 684–5n. He had less influence over the peace negotiations than did Prime Minister Shelburne, who directed them personally.

4XXXVII, 684–5.

5Sir Thomas Robinson, 1st Baron Grantham: XII, 220n.

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