The Papers of Benjamin Franklin Volume 43: August 16, 1784, through March 15, 1785 Benjamin Franklin, Ellen R. Cohn

The Papers of Benjamin Franklin
Publication date:
12 Feb 2019
Yale University Press
640 pages: 219 x 146 x 42mm
8 b-w illus.

The forty-third volume of the collected writings and correspondence of the American statesman, ambassador, and Founding Father Benjamin Franklin

In August 1784, Franklin, John Adams, and Thomas Jefferson began their congressional commission to negotiate commercial treaties with twenty nations. Their treaty proposal, which Prussia alone would consider, contained unprecedented humanitarian articles that would have changed the Law of Nations. During the period of this volume, from August 16, 1784, through March 15, 1785, Franklin sent his grandson Temple to London, apprenticed his grandson Benny to a Parisian type founder, and finally received Congress’s permission to return home.

Ellen R. Cohn is senior research scholar in the department of history at Yale University. She lives in New Haven, CT.