Benjamin Franklin Papers

To Benjamin Franklin from the Duke of Manchester, 7 May 1783

From the Duke of Manchester6

L: Library of Congress

Mercredi le 7 de Mai 1783

Le Duc de Manchester, Ambassadeur Extraordinaire et Plénipotentiaire de Sa Majesté Le Roi de la Grande Brétagne a l’honneur de faire part à Monsieur Francklin, qu’il a eu Mardi le 6 de ce Mois Ses premieres Audiences de Leurs Majestés Trés Chrétiennes,7 et de la Famille Royale.

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

6George Montagu, fourth Duke of Manchester, a former member of the opposition to Lord North, was named ambassador to France on April 9 and was soon issued instructions to conclude final peace treaties with the European powers: DNB, under Montagu; Harlow, Second British Empire, p. 462. He replaced Fitzherbert, who was sent to St. Petersburg: Repertorium der diplomatischen Vertreter, III, 162, 171–2. In mid-May Fox ordered him to prevent Hartley from “going so very fast” in his negotiations with the Americans: Andrew Stockley, Britain and France at the Birth of America: the European Powers and the Peace Negotiations of 1782–1783 (Exeter, 2001), pp. 179, 190–9.

7Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette.

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