From Frédéric Le Mesle2
ALS: American Philosophical Society
<Dieppe, July 31, 1777, in French: I send you some verses in praise of our brave islanders. If you think them worth offering to the insurgent brethren, nothing more glorious could happen to me. The truth is so satisfying to an honest soul that my verses cost me nothing.>
2. Or possibly Le Merle; his “r” and “s” are indistinguishable. He signs himself as an inhabitant of St. Domingue.