Benjamin Franklin Papers

From Benjamin Franklin to John Adams, 15 March 1784

To John Adams

ALS: Massachusetts Historical Society

Passy, March 15. 1784.


We have lately received a Letter from the Secretary of Congress,1 of which I enclose a Copy, accounting for the Delay of the Ratification; & we have sent a Copy of it to Mr. Laurens,2 who being on the Spot can easily negociate an Agreement to extend the Term if necessary; but I imagine it can hardly occasion any Difficulty, since the Ratification will certainly be made, seven States being unanimously for it, and the Delay was only occasion’d by Accidents unforeseen & unavoidable.

I send herewith a Packet & two Letters left with me for you, which I hope will come safe to hand. I have the honour to be Sir Your Excelly’s most obedient & most humble Servant

B Franklin

His Excellency John Adams Esqr

1[Mifflin] to the American commissioners, Jan. 5: XLI, 407–8.

2BF enclosed it in his letter of March 12[-13], above.

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