To Bernard Pées
Copy: Library of Congress
Passy March 19 1779
I received yours with the Paper Money inclosed, (mostly of Georgia) which you desire me to change for you, abating for the Difference of exchange.8 As the value of that Money has been very variable, and I am totally ignorant of its present Situation, my appearing to set a certain Value on it here, by exchanging it at a particular Rate, might be attended with great Inconveniencies. I am therefore obliged to return it to you, as I do inclosed. You will easily find at Nantes Some Person going to America who will give you the worth of it. I am, Sir &c
M. Bernard Pees
8. Pées’s letter, dated March 12, was written from Nantes and recounted his story. A native of St. Pierre, Martinique, he had twice been captured by the British. The money which he entrusted BF to exchange was the sole resource he possessed to rejoin his wife and children. APS.