Papers of John Adams, volume 16

From Isaac Smith Sr.

From Benjamin Franklin

Sir The Hague, 14 March 1784

The king, desiring to give all possible consistency to the treaty of commerce to be concluded between His Majesty and the United States of America, willingly adopts your idea, sir, of using as a model the one negotiated with Sweden, and to introduce afterwards the changes that different circumstances and positions could render necessary.1 An actual copy of the treaty has been requested of me, but as I do not have one at my disposal, I am taking the liberty of appealing to you, sir, to beseech you to grant me one. If I receive it sometime tomorrow I will be able to send it on by Tuesday’s post, which leaves, as you may know, before noon.2

I have the honor of being with the greatest esteem, sir, your very humble and very obedient servant

Thulemeier 91

P.S. If the treaty of commerce with Sweden does not exist in printed form, I will instantly have copied the one that you send me, and I will then have the honor of sending back to you, sir, the original.