Source Problems in English History

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Letters from the Lansdowne Mss.,

quoted in footnotes to Sparks’s edition of Franklin’s works from the MS. copies lent to Mr. Sparks by the Marquess of Lansdowne. Vol. VIII.

p. 323. [Oswald to Shelburne. June 9, 1782.]

I have nothing of business to trouble your Lordship with, only that upon on one occasion, since my last arrival, Dr. Franklin said they (the Americans) had been totally left out in Mr. Grenville’s powers, as they extended only to treating with the minister of France. I told him the deficiency would, no doubt, be supplied in due time, as might be supposed, since, in the mean while, they had been assured by Mr. Grenville, that his Majesty had agreed to grant independence in the first instance. The Doctor said it was true, and he was glad of it, and supposed that was all that could be done, until the act depending in Parliament was passed. He then talked of treaties, and said, he thought the best way to come at a general peace was to treat separately with each party, and under distinct commissions to one and the same, or different persons. . . . Mr. Grenville being very well with the Doctor, he has, no doubt, mentioned the same things to him; yet I thought it my duty to communicate to him the substance of this conversation.

p. 345. [Shelburne to Oswald. June 30, 1782, Whitehall.]

. . . You will observe that we have adopted his [Franklin’s] idea of the method to come to a general pacification by treating separately with each party. I cannot but entertain a firm reliance, that the appointment of the particular commissioners will be no less satisfactory to him. He has very lately warranted me to depend upon that effect in the instance of your nomination. . . .

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Chicago: "Letters from the Lansdowne Mss.,," Source Problems in English History in Source Problems in English History, ed. Albert Beebe White and Wallace Notestein (New York: Harper & Brothers Publishers, 1915), 315–317. Original Sources, accessed December 10, 2019, http://originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=MPLPUZV453CWJPH.

MLA: . "Letters from the Lansdowne Mss.,." Source Problems in English History, in Source Problems in English History, edited by Albert Beebe White and Wallace Notestein, New York, Harper & Brothers Publishers, 1915, pp. 315–317. Original Sources. 10 Dec. 2019. originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=MPLPUZV453CWJPH.

Harvard: , 'Letters from the Lansdowne Mss.,' in Source Problems in English History. cited in 1915, Source Problems in English History, ed. , Harper & Brothers Publishers, New York, pp.315–317. Original Sources, retrieved 10 December 2019, from http://originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=MPLPUZV453CWJPH.