Recipient: Franklin, Benjamin
Recipient: Lee, Arthur
Recipient: Adams, John
Recipient: First Joint Commission at Paris
[dateline] Paris 9 Feby. 1779
Having heard that it is your intention to dispatch some person to England to negotiate
an Exchange of Prisoners,1
I presume to offer you my services on that occasion. Having ever professed the purest
attachment to the Cause and Interests of my Country, and ready to embrace every opportunity
within my power of demonstrating it, the present will be extremely agreeable to me.
If therefore no person should offer more able or likely to give entire satisfaction
in the discharge of this commission, I shall think myself highly honoured and obliged
if you will be pleased to intrust it to me, pledging myself for the prompt and faithful
discharge of it, and shall be happy to defray myself the Expences I may incur on account
I have the honour to be Gentlemen, Your most obedt. hble. Servt.