James Moylan to the American Commissioners
ALS: American Philosophical Society
L’Orient 29th. December 1777
The Ships Raley and Alfred are now at Sea. They parted this afternoon about three o’Clock with a fair wind which appears likely to continue, and will I hope enable them to get well clear of the Land before day light tomorrow. Captain Holmes in his Sloop went under their convoy, and a French Sloop of War saild at the same time, the Commander of which told Captain Thompson, that he had orders to accompany Him a certain Distance and render him every service he cou’d.
I thought it prudent to be silent on the subject of my errand to this place untill the accounts of those Ships were closed. That being now don, I will endeavour to effect it, and have the honor of communicating to you in course my success, being with the utmost respect, Honorable Gentlemen Your most obedient humble Servant
Addressed: The Honorable the Commissioners: / of the United States of America
Notation: 14 Decr. 29th 1777 Jas Moylan Esq Lettr. L’Orient