ALS: Archives du Ministère des affaires étrangères
Passy, Feb. 25. 1778
I received last night the enclos’d Letter from a Member of Parliament, and the two frivolous Bills which the Ministry in their present Consternation have thought fit to propose,6 with a View to support their publick Credit a little longer at home, and to amuse and divide if possible our People in America. You will see that they have dispatch’d a Fregate with the News, but I hope yours from Bourdeaux will arrive first.7 I wish to have the original Letters again when you have perus’d them. I have the honour to be, with great Respect, Sir, Your most obedient humble Servant
6. Hartley’s letter of the 18th and the information in Lee’s note of the 23rd.
7. The Belle-Poule; BF learned the next day that she had been forced to return to France: Lee to BF and Deane, Feb. 26.