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Franklin, Benjamin (1706-1790) to David Hartley

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC04449 Author/Creator: Franklin, Benjamin (1706-1790) Place Written: Passy, France Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 8 June 1778 Pagination: 1 p. : address : docket ; 21.3 x 18.4 cm.

Summary of Content: Written by Franklin as a diplomat in France to Hartley as a member of the British Parliament. The two were friends since the 1760s. References a letter he wrote to Hartley on 25 May 1778 concerning 200 British prisoners of war. Franklin says "We are oblig'd to keep the Prisoners on shipboard where I doubt they can be comfortably accommodated" and hopes they can be exchanged. Hartley and Franklin would later work together in Paris to sign the peace treaty ending the war. Docketing appears to be in Hartley's hand.

Background Information: Signer of the U.S. Constitution.

Full Transcript: Passy June 8. 1778
Dear Sir,

I wrote you a few Lines the 25th of last Month, mentioning that we had here 200 English Prisoners, and desiring you to propose an Exchange. - ...I hope you receiv'd my Letter and that I shall soon be favour'd with an Answer - We are oblig'd to keep the Prisoners [inserted: on Shipboard] where I doubt they cannot be comfortably accomodated. - I am ever, with the greatest Esteem, Dear Sir,
Your most obedient
humble Servant
B Franklin

David Hartley Esq
Member of Parliament
Golden Square

Pr favour
Mr Strange

D. F. June 9
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People: Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790

Historical Era: American Revolution, 1763-1783

Subjects: American StatesmenDiplomacyRevolutionary WarMilitary HistoryMaritimePrisoner of War

Sub Era: The War for Independence

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