The Papers of Benjamin Franklin, Vol. 37 - Cohn, Ellen R.; Franklin, Benjamin - Yale University Press
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The Papers of Benjamin Franklin, Vol. 37
Volume 37: March 16 through August 15, 1782
Ellen R. Cohn, Editor; Jonathan R. Dull, Senior Associate Editor; Karen Duval, Associate Editor; Judith M. Adkins, Kate M. Ohno and Michael A. Sletcher, Assistant Editors; Claude A. Lopez, Consulting Editor; Natalie S. LeSueur, Editorial Assistant
This book, encompassing five months during 1782, promises to be one of the most significant volumes in the entire series of Benjamin Franklinís papers. Between March and August, Franklin mastered one of the greatest challenges of his diplomatic career by establishing the framework for a peace agreement with Great Britain.
The negotiations required enormous subtlety in order to mollify the French while also satisfying the British. Franklinís success was based upon the same strengths he had demonstrated several years earlier during the lengthy search for an alliance with the French government: an unswerving confidence in the rectitude and ultimate triumph of the American cause, immense patience, and an aptitude for one of the diplomatís most subtle artsócreating contrasting impressions for different audiences.
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