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. This is the most determined statement concerning
's approach to the French government found in any of
's letters to date, and foreshadows the bitter exchange between
and Vergennes in July over French aid and the disclosure of his mission to the British
ministry (The Dispute with the Comte de Vergennes, 13–29 July
, below). For a discussion of its implications, see the Editorial Note
, 16 June–1 July (above).