Unformatted text preview: Deane commissioners to France. Their job was to bring France into the war on America's side. Franklin arrived in France on December 3, 1776. In a meeting with the French foreign minister several weeks later, Franklin and the other commissioners succeeded in getting the French to loan money to the struggling American government. With this first task accomplished, Franklin moved into a house in Passy, a suburb of Paris. He continued to press the French government to help America. In the meantime, he enjoyed himself. In Paris he was a celebrity. John Adams later complained enviously that just about everyone in Paris, from the aristocrats down to the street cleaners, knew and loved Franklin. In April 1778, Franklin joined the Masonic Lodge in Paris, where, to the delight of the French, he and Voltaire publicly declared their friendship....
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This note was uploaded on 12/14/2011 for the course HIST 2320 taught by Professor Siegenthaler during the Fall '07 term at Texas State.
- Fall '07