The Papers of Benjamin Franklin

Volume 32: March 1 through June 30, 1780
Author(s): 
Oberg, Barbara B.
ISBN: 
0300066171
Date published: 
January 1997
Paperback
Price: 
£55.00
Pages: 
800

During the spring of 1780, Benjamin Franklin was midway through an eight-and-one-half-year mission to France. He was in good health, energetic and occupied with a variety of important ministerial tasks and private pursuits. In this volume, the fifth in the sequence dealing with Franklin's tenure as sole minister to the French court and tenth of a projected twenty volumes covering his years in France, Franklin focuses on diplomatic activities and takes on the role of expressing to France America's pressing needs in this time of economic instability and military stalemate.