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. Benjamin Franklin answered this and JA
's second letter
of this date (below) on 21 April
; JA, Works
, 7:92). There Franklin asked JA
to see to the needs of the returned American prisoners to the extent that the available
funds permitted. He also noted the reports appearing in the English papers concerning
British apprehensions about Spain entering the war and hoped that they “had some Foundation.”
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