Document, 1781 March 12

Document, 1781 March 12

 

 

Name:
Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790; Huntington, Samuel, 1731-1796
Title:
Document, 1781 March 12
Abstract:
Copy. French cannot lend 25,000,000 [livres?] but as a token of their continued friendship are willing to give six million as a free gift. This is exclusive of the three million previously granted. Vergennes was insistent upon the funds being made available only to General Washington by bill of exchange drawn on the French Royal Treasurer--the King does not wish the money to be diverted to other purposes by a Board or Committee of Congress. Vergennes informs Franklin of the Austrian and Russian offers of mediation, which France has declined to accept pending receipt of instructions from Congress. He desires Franklin to write for instructions, and Franklin states he believes John Adams already has instructions for treating for peace--but he will write Congress. Wants to be relieved of his post--please send a replacement--recommends his grandson, Temple Franklin, to serve as secretary to some minister.
Subjects:
United States--History--Revolution, 1775-1783; Jay, John, 1745-1829
Format:
correspondence
Date:
1781 March 12
Physical Description:
5
Note (Non date):
The entire content of the original has been digitized.
Library Location:
Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Columbia University
Browse Location’s Digital Content
Digital Project:
Papers of John Jay