From Reculès de Basmarein & Raimbaux8
ALS or LS: American Philosophical Society
<Paris, June 4, 1777, in French: M. Vanhammé will give you this letter. He has many skills that might be useful, among them a quick and effective way to make saltpetre; and we stand back of him. He knows German, and English well enough to be understood, and is confident of making his way in America; all he wants is free passage and recommendations. We have two ships a month to the United States, but via the West Indies. Although he prefers a direct voyage, easily arranged in Nantes, we will if you prefer accommodate him gratis on one of our vessels.>
8. For the firm see above, XXIII, 47 n.