From Reculès de Basmarein & Raimbaux4
ALS: American Philosophical Society
<Bordeaux, March 28, in French: Felicitations on being received by the King; the whole nation pays tribute to your character. We were among the first to look forward with confidence to what now astonishes the world; our fate is bound by the strongest ties to that of America,5 and we offer you our complete devotion.>
4. For the firm see above, XXIII, 47 n.
5. Their fate, whether or not because of those ties, was to go bankrupt the following winter: see our annotation of Montresor’s letter, below, June 23.