The Papers of Benjamin Franklin (Hardcover)
Volume 42: March 1 through August 15, 1784
Yale University Press, 9780300222692, 648pp.
Publication Date: April 25, 2017
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In the spring of 1784, Franklin, John Jay, and British negotiator David Hartley exchanged ratifications of the definitive British-American peace treaty. Hoping for permission from Congress to return home, Franklin settled his accounts, negotiated a French consular convention, headed a royal commission to investigate animal magnetism, wrote several scientific theories, and published his well-known satire about rising with the sun. As the volume ends, Thomas Jefferson brings news of a diplomatic assignment that would keep Franklin in France for another year.