To the Marquis de Castries5
LS:6 Archives de la Marine; copy: Library of Congress
Passy Decr. 3. 1780.
The Arms for the Exportation of which Mr Williams has requested Permission, do really, belong to the Congress, being Part of a Quantity of old Arms purchased by us near three Years since, and repaired at Nantes. Your Excellency will much oblige me by granting the Passport required.
With great Respect, I am, Sir Your Excellency’s most obedient and most humble Servt.
His Exy M. le Marqs de Castries.—
5. Written after the naval minister had questioned BF about the arms assembled by JW, either orally or in a now-missing letter; see BF to JW, Dec. 4, below.
6. In WTF’s hand. There is also a French translation at the Archives de la Marine.