Ben Franklin was sent to France (as were two others) to seek aide and personnel from France during the American Revolution. During his time there he attended the Lodge of Nine Muses where he was elected Master of the lodge for two consecutive years.
I've heard claims that he was "recruiting" people directly from the lodge to assist in the war. France supported America covertly but avoided signing a formal treaty with the US until after the battle of Saratoga gave France confidence in the US's ability to win the war.
I'm interested to know what specific influence his association with the fraternity had in his dealings with France? Specific names and titles of members of the French government who also attended the lodge of Nine Muses during that time would be great.
I'm asking as a new Freemason myself (2nd degree) trying to learn more about the fraternity's involvement in the American revolution. Any relevant information is greatly appreciated.