The Papers of Benjamin Franklin, Vol. 38 - Cohn, Ellen R.; Franklin, Benjamin - Yale University Press
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The Papers of Benjamin Franklin, Vol. 38
Volume 38, August 16, 1782, through January 20, 1783
Benjamin Franklin; Edited by Ellen R. Cohn
This volume covers the five-month period ending January 20, 1783, when Britain signed preliminary articles of peace with France and Spain, and Britain and the United States declared a cessation of hostilities, effectively ending the American Revolution. Most of the volume deals with the deliberations that brought about this momentous turn of events.
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Franklin had worked tirelessly since the previous April to negotiate a peace treaty, employing his diplomatic arts so as to mollify both the British and the French. For the final rounds of negotiations conducted in the fall of 1782—a day-by-day drama of difficult discussions and not infrequent setbacks—he was joined by John Adams, John Jay, and Henry Laurens. Finally, on November 30, the Americans signed a preliminary peace treaty with Britain that would take effect when Britain, France, and Spain signed treaties of their own.
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