Paul Wentworth (? - 1793) was the head of the British spy network in Paris during the North American Rebellion of 1775 - 1778. One of his chief concerns was gathering information on Benjamin Franklin, the head of the American commission to the court of King Louis XVI. Following the American defeat at the Battle of Saratoga in October 1777, Franklin used Wentworth as a go-between to open secret negotiations with Lord North on ending the Rebellion. Franklin's negotiations were successful, and in March 1778 Lord North sent the Earl of Carlisle to meet with the Second Continental Congress to negotiate an armistice and the return of the colonies to British rule. The armistice was signed by Carlisle and Joseph Galloway on June 12, 1778.