[Gabriel de Sartine to the Commissioners]
[dateline] Versailles 18 July 1778
I see, Gentlemen, by my Correspondence, that there are in the Ports of France, several
American Vessells, which might be usefully employed for the common cause, and which,
nevertheless, appear to remain inactive. I doubt not that the reciprocal Interest
will engage you to give such orders as you shall believe necessary, in the present
Circumstances. I have the honour to be with great Consideration, Gentlemen, your most
humble and most obedient Servant
[signed] De Sartine.
[addrLine] Mrs. The Deputies of the United States of America.