Papers of John Adams, volume 16

To Elbridge Gerry

To Benjamin Franklin

Benjamin Franklin to John Adams, 27 June 1784 Franklin, Benjamin Adams, John
From Benjamin Franklin
Sir, Passy, June 27. 1784.

Inclosed I have the Honour of sending to your Excellency Copies of Papers contain’d in a Dispatch just receiv’d from Congress. The Affair of the Free-Ports recommended to us, has been someTime settled: They are Dunkirk, L’Orient, Bayonne & Marseilles.—1

I wonder much that we hear nothing from Congress of their 254 foreign Arrangements. This short Line from the President is the only one I have receiv’d since that of Jan. 14. which accompanied the Ratification.—2

With great Respect I have the Honour to be, / Sir, / Your most obedient / & most humble Servant

B. Franklin

RC (Adams Papers); internal address: “His Excellency John Adams, Esqr”; endorsed: “Dr Franklin 27. June.”


From his reference to the free ports, Franklin was probably sending JA a copy of Congress’ resolutions of 16 March, which were enclosed with the president of Congress’ 20 March letter to the commissioners, but which JA had already received. For JA’s earlier mention of the resolution, and for the letter, see his 15 June letter to Jonathan Jackson, and note 3, above.


For this letter to the commissioners, see vol. 15:455–456.