The Works of Benjamin Franklin: Containing Several Political and Historical Tracts Not Included in Any Former Ed., and Many Letters Official and Private, Not Hitherto Published; with Notes and a Life of the Author, Volume 9

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Hillard, Gray,, 1839 - United States
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Page 144 - Neither of the two parties shall conclude either truce or peace with Great Britain without the formal consent of the other first obtained; and they mutually engage not to lay down their arms until the independence of the United States shall have been formally or tacitly assured by the treaty or treaties that shall terminate the war.
Page 547 - I hope it will be lasting, and that Mankind will at length, as they call themselves reasonable Creatures, have Reason and Sense enough to settle their Differences without cutting Throats; for, in my opinion, there never was a good War, or a bad Peace.
Page 458 - For this purpose, you are to make the most candid and confidential communications upon all subjects to the Ministers of our generous ally, the King of France ; to undertake nothing in the negotiations for peace or truce, without their knowledge and concurrence ; and ultimately to govern yourselves by their advice and opinion...
Page 470 - ... molested in their persons, nor shall their houses or goods be burnt, or otherwise destroyed, nor their fields wasted by the armed force of the enemy...
Page 268 - I have received the letter, which you did me the honor to write to me the 4th instant, as also those which accompanied it.
Page 83 - I have never known a peace made, even the most advantageous, that was not censured as inadequate, and the makers condemned as injudicious or corrupt. "Blessed are the peace-makers" is, I suppose, to be understood in the other world, for in this they are frequently cursed.
Page 117 - I shall not enter into an examination of the successive variations and augmentations of your demands on me for funds to meet your payments.
Page 403 - American commissioners the fourth article of your instructions; which could not but convince them, that the negotiation for peace, and the cession of independence to the Thirteen United Colonies, were intended to be carried on and concluded with the commissioners in Europe. " Those gentlemen, having expressed their satisfaction concerning that article, it is hoped they will not entertain a doubt of his majesty's determination to exercise, in the fullest extent, the powers with which the act of parliament...
Page 328 - Congress shall be known, to whom is reserved the confirmation or disapprobation of this discharge, in case they have made or shall intend to make a different disposition. "Given at Passy, this 9th day of June, 1782. B. FRANKLIN, Minister Plenipotentiary from the United States of America to the Court of France.
Page 199 - Establishing the liberties of America will not only make that people happy, but will have some effect in diminishing the misery of those, who in other parts of the world groan under despotism, by rendering it more circumspect, and inducing it to govern with a lighter hand.

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