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Franklin's French Court Reception, 1778

Franklin's French Court Reception, 1778


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Franklin receiving a laurel wreath upon his head. From left to right, some of the members of the French court include: Duchesse Jules de Polignac, Princesse Lamballe (holding flowers), Diana Polignac (holding wreath), Comte de Vergennes, Mme Campan, Countesse de Neuilly, Marie-Antoinette (seated), Louis XVI, Princess Elizabeth. In December 1776, Benjamin Franklin was dispatched to France as commissioner for the United States. He remained in France until 1785. He conducted the affairs of his country toward the French nation with great success, which included securing a critical military alliance in 1778 and negotiating the Treaty of Paris (1783). During his stay in France, he was active as a freemason, serving as Grand Master of the Lodge Les Neuf Soeurs from 1779 until 1781. In 1783 he witnessed the world's first hydrogen balloon flight. In 1784, when Franz Mesmer began to publicize his theory of animal magnetism which was considered offensive by.

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