. The reference is to Franklin's role in the dispute in the summer of 1780 between
and Vergennes and its aftereffects now current in Congress, whereby, through La Luzerne's
's powers to negotiate treaties of peace and commerce with Great Britain were revoked.
Mrs. Shippen's term “the french Minister” is ambiguous; it could mean either Vergennes
or La Luzerne. See editorial note in vol. 3:390–395
, above; Lovell to
, 26 June
, 13 July
to Lovell, 14 July
; all below.