To Gérard de Rayneval
LS:7 Archives du Ministère des affaires étrangères; copy: Library of Congress
Passy Augt. 10. 1779.
The foregoing are the Articles requested by the States of Maryland & Virginia.8 If to these could be added Cloth, Linnen, Stockings, Shoes, & Hats for clothing 20.000 Men, and also ten thousand more Fusils, the whole addressed to the Congress,9 I am certain it would be a very seasonable & necessary Supply, as private Merchants have been lately discouraged from adventuring to send Cargoes of such Goods, by the numerous Losses of their Effects in going & returning, and I am not able to fulfil the Orders of Congress for want of Money. I have the honour to be, sir; Your most obedt. & most humble Sert.
M. Gerard de Raynevalle.
7. In WTF’s hand.
8. The foregoing virtually duplicated the list BF had sent Vergennes three months earlier and consolidated the Virginia and Maryland requests: XXIX, 416–17. For the background to them see BF’s covering letter: XXIX, 415–16.
9. BF had strongly criticized the requests of individual states to France for “great Quantities of Arms, Ammunition & Clothing” and recommended that such requests be channeled through Congress: XXIX, 557.