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Private Correspondence

OF

BENJAMIN FRANKLIN,

LL.D. F.R.S. &c.

MINISTER PLENIPOTENTIARY FROM THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

AT THE COURT OF FRANCE, AND FOR THE TREATY OF PEACE

AND INDEPENDENCE WITH GREAT BRITAIN, &c. &c.

COMPRISING

A SERIES OF LETTERS

ON

MISCELLANEOUS, LITERARY, AND POLITICAL SUBJECTS :

WRITTEN BETWEEN THE YEARS 1753 AND 1790;

ILLUSTRATING THE

gemoirs of his public and Private Life,

AND DEVELOPING

THE SECRET HISTORY

OF HIS

POLITICAL TRANSACTIONS AND NEGOCIATIONS.

PUBLISHED FROM THE ORIGINALS

BY HIS GRANDSON
WILLIAM TEMPLE FRANKLIN.

IN TWO VOLUMES.

VOL. II.

THIRD EDITION, WITH ADDITIONS.

LONDON:

PRINTED FOR HENRY COLBURN, CONDUIT STREET.

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[This PART, consisting entirely of Letters and Documents relative to the same subject, namely-Overtures and Negociaa tions for Peace and Commerce between Great Britain and the United States of America; it has been deemed unnecessary to precede each Letter (as in the former Parts) by a Note of its particular Contents.]

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Dr. Franklin to David Hartley, esq. M.P. Passy, near Paris,

Oct. 14, 1777
to Mr. Hutton, Feb. 1, 1778
to ditto, Feb. 12, 1778
to David Hartley, esq. M.P. Feb. 12, 1778
to ditto, Feb. 26, 1778
to Mr. Hutton, March 24, 1778

to William Pulteney, esq. M.P. March 30, 1778 William Alexander, esq. to Dr. Franklin, April 4, 1778 Dr. Franklin to Dr. Bancroft, April 16, 1778

to his Excellency Jos. Reed, esq. March 19, 1780
Certificate of William Alexander, esq. March 19,

} William Alexander, esq. to Dr. Franklin, March 19, 1780

1 5 7 8 10 13 14 15

16

ib.

18

VOL. II.

ib. b

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