To Robert R. Livingston
ALS and transcript: National Archives
Passy, March 7. 1783.
I but this moment hear of this Opportunity, by which I can only send you a Line to acquaint you, that I have concluded the Treaty with Sweden, which was signed on Wednesday last.8 You will have a Copy by the first good Opportunity. It differs very little from the Plan sent me,—in nothing material.— The English Court is in Confusion by another Change of Ministry; Lord Shelburne & his Friends having resigned; but it is not yet certainly known who will succeed; tho’ Lord North & Mr Fox are talk’d of as two, they being reconcil’d!!9 cannot add but that I am, with great Esteem Sir, Your most obedient humble Servt
P.S. The Change in the Ministry is not suppos’d of any Importance respecting our Definitive Treaty, which must conform to the Preliminaries: But we shall see!
R R. Livingston Esqr
Notation: Letter March 7. 1783 B. Franklin Recvd July 16. 1783
8. Published above, under [March 5].
9. See Hodgson to BF, Feb. 25.