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Collection Reference Number GLC07651
From Archive Folder Documents Relating to 1765-1774 
Title Benjamin Franklin to Samuel Adams, et al. re: British policy & the potential loss of the colonies
Date 15 May 1771
Author Franklin, Benjamin (1706-1790)  
Recipient Adams, Samuel  
Document Type Correspondence
Content Description "History shows that by these Steps great Empires have crumbled heretofore; and the late Transactions we have so much Cause to complain of, show that we are in the same Train, and that without a greater Share of Prudence and Wisdom than we seem on both Sides to be possessed of, we shall probably come to the Same Conclusion" Includes only last page of original letter, along with a collateral transcript of the remainder.
Subjects American Statesmen  Global History and Civics  Foreign Affairs  Revolutionary War  Politics  
People Franklin, Benjamin (1706-1790)  Adams, Samuel (1722-1803)  
Place written London, England
Theme The American Revolution; Government & Politics
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