To William Carmichael
ALS: National Archives
Passy, Feb. 8. 1778
I received your Favour of the 1st Instant. My Sentiments of Esteem for you have been always uniform, ever since I had the pleasure of knowing you. I never had the least doubt of your Integrity, and Zeal for our Cause, in which I know you have been HIGHLY serviceable. My intrusting the enclos’d important Letter to your Care,4 is an additional Proof of the Confidence I place in you. I heartily wish you a good Voyage, and happy Sight of your Friends and Country; being ever with sincere Regard, Dear Sir, Your most obedient humble Servant
4. Doubtless the ALS, now missing, of BF and Deane to Hancock of the same date. The present letter did not reach Carmichael before he sailed, but crossed the Atlantic with JW’s brother John. Carmichael acknowledged it and the letter to Hancock in his reply below, May 14; the underlining here may well be his.