. See Benjamin Franklin to Pres. Samuel Huntington, 12 March 1781, in Franklin's Writings, ed. Smyth
, 8:220–223. It hardly needs to be added that Mrs. Shippen's summary at second hand
of Franklin's letter offering his resignation and recommending his grandson, William
Temple Franklin, to the further favor of Congress, is not unprejudiced. Congress'
reply to Franklin, declining his offer, 19 June, is in