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. David Hartley the younger (1732–1813), M.P. for Hull, was acting as an unofficial
agent for Lord North; he had known Franklin intimately in England and was a tireless
opponent of the American war, in Parliament and out (DNB
). In his Autobiography under this dateJA
gives an unfavorable view of “This mysterious Visit” to Passy by the two Englishmen,
the other of whom was William Hammond, father of George Hammond, later to be the first
British minister to the United States. In 1783 Hartley was appointed by the Fox-North
Coalition commissioner to negotiate and sign the Definitive Treaty; see entry of 27 April 1783
Cite web page as: Founding Families: Digital Editions of the Papers of the Winthrops and the Adamses, ed.C. James Taylor. Boston: Massachusetts Historical Society, 2014.