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Benjamin Franklin Promissory Note

A description of the item at Syracuse University

Overview of the Collection

Creator: Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Title: Benjamin Franklin Promissory Note
Inclusive Dates: 1782
Quantity: 1 folder (SC)
Abstract: Promissory note printed and signed by Benjamin Franklin, recording a 1782 loan from the French government to the United States.
Language: French
Repository: Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries
222 Waverly Avenue
Syracuse, NY 13244-2010

Biographical History

Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790) was one of the founding fathers of the United States and one of the most significant men in American history. He served as the Ambassador to France from 1778 to 1785.

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Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Benjamin Franklin Promissory Note is a document printed and signed by Benjamin Franklin. While he was Ambassador to France, Franklin arranged a number of loans from the French government to support the American Revolution. This promissory note is labed as "no. 19" and dated 8 Feb 1782, recording a 500,000 livres loan. It is one in a series of notes printed by Franklin on a private press he set up at Passy, France. The word "copy" is written at the top of this note, suggesting it was a second copy Franklin kept for his own records.

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Access Restrictions

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Use Restrictions

Written permission must be obtained from SCRC and all relevant rights holders before publishing quotations, excerpts or images from any materials in this collection.

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Subject Headings


Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.


16e Arrondissement (Paris, France) -- History.
France -- Foreign relations -- United States.
United States -- Foreign relations -- 1775-1783.
United States -- Foreign relations -- France.
United States -- History -- Revolution, 1775-1783 -- Participation, French.

Genres and Forms

Promissory notes.



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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Preferred citation for this material is as follows:

Benjamin Franklin Promissory Note,
Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries

Acquisition Information

Gift, 1959.

Finding Aid Information

Created by: LMD
Date: 7 Apr 2010
Revision history:

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