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Author Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Title Letters from France : the private diplomatic correspondence of Benjamin Franklin, 1776-1785 / edited and annotated by Brett F. Woods.
Imprint New York : Algora Pub., ©2006.

Author Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Subject Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790 -- Correspondence.
Statesmen -- United States -- Correspondence.
Diplomats -- United States -- Correspondence.
United States -- Foreign relations -- France -- Sources.
France -- Foreign relations -- United States -- Sources.
United States -- Foreign relations -- Great Britain -- Sources.
Great Britain -- Foreign relations -- United States -- Sources.
United States -- Foreign relations -- 1775-1783 -- Sources.
Alt Name Woods, Brett F.
Description 1 online resource (xii, 223 pages)
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references (pages 215-219) and index.
Note Print version record.
Contents pt. 1. Arrival in France to Lord North's April 1782 private entreatment -- pt. 2. Franklin's private journal of correspondence (annotated) -- pt. 3. Ministerial dialogue and the pursuit of detail.
Summary This selection of letters is an important contribution to the body of literature exploring French support to the American Revolution, and perhaps more importantly, provides an additional glimpse into the character and thought processes of Franklin, the diplomat. All other achievements aside, in his eight years in France Benjamin Franklin emerges as an extraordinary individual, distinguished as much as a philosopher as a statesman. Whether he is writing to peers such as John Adams and John Jay, to French officials such as the Marquis de la Fayette and Count de Vergennes, or even to long-time British friends such as David Hartley, Member of Parliament from Hull, and William Petty, the second Earl of Shelburne, Franklin always reveals much, if not quite all, of himself. And whether the subject might be prisoners of war and privateers, or rules of engagement and reconciliation with England, he writes with remarkable clarity, insight and, on occasion, humor: the portrait of a thoughtful man following a challenging course through uncertain times. The source material for this compilation is the 1817 text, The Private Correspondence of Benjamin Franklin. Where necessary, the editor has provided explanatory notes to assist the reader in placing the correspondence in its particular historical, political or conceptual context. While there are a number of general texts that, to greater or lesser degrees, deal with this period of Franklins life Brands (2000), Srodes (2002) and Morgan (2002), among others and these in addition to Schiff's 2005 release: A Great Improvisation: Franklin, France and the Birth of America which deals specifically with the timeframe none offer any comprehensive inclusion of source material. To address this void in the literature, Woods embraces the subject, as the subtitle suggests, from a strictly documentary perspective. Thus, this text is both an original reference resource and a supplement to the existing literature. It presents, in its entirety, the original written correspondence which previous authors, in many cases, cite as the basis for their interpretation of events or conclusions of fact.
Note English.
ISBN 9780875864907 (electronic bk.)
0875864902 (electronic bk.)
OCLC # 122258174
Additional Format Print version: Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790. Letters from France. New York : Algora Pub., ©2006 0875864899 9780875864891 (DLC) 2006029668 (OCoLC)71348640

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