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|Collection Reference Number
|From Archive Folder
|Documents Relating to 1778
|Benjamin Franklin to David Hartley concerning British prisoners of war
|8 June 1778
|Franklin, Benjamin (1706-1790)
|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.
|American Statesmen Diplomacy Revolutionary War Military History Maritime Prisoner of War
|Franklin, Benjamin (1706-1790) Hartley, David (ca. 1731-1813)
|The American Revolution; Foreign Affairs
|The Gilder Lehrman Collection, 1493-1859
|Signer of the U.S. Constitution.
|The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
|Settlement, Commerce, Revolution and Reform: 1493-1859