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Collection Reference Number GLC04449
From Archive Folder Documents Relating to 1778 
Title Benjamin Franklin to David Hartley concerning British prisoners of war
Date 8 June 1778
Author Franklin, Benjamin (1706-1790)  
Recipient Hartley, David  
Document Type Correspondence
Content Description 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.
Subjects American Statesmen  Diplomacy  Revolutionary War  Military History  Maritime  Prisoner of War  
People Franklin, Benjamin (1706-1790)  Hartley, David (ca. 1731-1813)  
Place written Passy, France
Theme The American Revolution; Foreign Affairs
Sub-collection The Gilder Lehrman Collection, 1493-1859
Additional Information Signer of the U.S. Constitution.
Copyright The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
Module Settlement, Commerce, Revolution and Reform: 1493-1859
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