Daniel Blake and John Lloyd to the American Commissioners1
Copy:2 National Archives
Nantes Sept. 19. 1778.
Being informd that some malicious person, or persons, have been, and are still endeavoring, by the most infamous means, to deprive Mr. J. D. Schweighauser of his good name, and being apprehensive that the intention is to prejudice him in the estimation of the Honorable Commissioners,3 we think it an act of Justice due to injurd Merit, to acquaint you, that we have employd, and are now employing that Gentleman to transact for our friends and ourselves to a very large amount. The satisfaction that they and We have receivd from his assiduity, honor, and integrity will induce us to pursue every means in our power, after our arrival in America, to serve him; being confident that as a Merchant he most justly deserves public and private confidence. He has had, and continues to transact a very considerable part of the business to and from America, and we have always heard the Americans, who have had any Connection with him, speak of him in the most respectful Terms.
1. Daniel Blake (1731–80) was a brother of William Blake (XXVI, 40 n) and like him had married into the Izard family and was presently a merchant in Nantes: S.C. Hist. and Geneal. Mag., II, 228 n, 231 n; Laurens Papers, VI, 55 n; Lloyd et al. to the commissioners, Jan. 7, 1779. APS. For Lloyd, another merchant, see Livingston’s letter of July 21.
2. Included by William Lee in his letter to John Jay of March 8, 1779 (National Archives). The entire letter is published in Ford, Letters of William Lee, II, 540–84; see in particular pp. 580–1.
3. The attack on Schweighauser was a result of his relationship to Dobrée: see John Lloyd to Lee, Sept. 19, 1778, ibid., p. 580. See also Chaumont’s letter of July 5 and Dobrée’s of Aug. 11, above.