From Meschinet de Richemond, fils
ALS: American Philosophical Society
<La Rochelle, January 14, 1777, in English: Respect for the brave defenders of American liberty makes me want to establish contact with them. But they have hitherto seemed ignorant of our harbor, and used Nantes or Bordeaux instead. This haven is safe, frequented by ships of all nations and particularly those from French America, and a good market for indigo, rice, fish oil, and furs. Our brandy is almost as good as that of Cognac. We export all manufactured articles, and gunpowder is made nearby. Mr. Schweighauser and others will assure you that I deserve your trust. I should be glad to assist American ships if you will send them here.7>
7. One J. J. Garnauld, banker in Paris, delivered this note to BF and received from him the names of Philadelphia houses to which Richemond might write. The letters had already gone off, Garnauld informed BF on Feb. 21 (APS), and added that Richemond’s experience and talent for business would enable him to carry out the most important transactions with credit. He himself was leaving for La Rochelle, he added, within the week.