[dateline] St. Hippolyte, 26 April 1778
We have been informed by public reports that the congress of the United States has
appointed you to the Court of France. Allow me to enquire if you have met a Mr. de
Fleury, who went to America with the Court's approval, about eighteen months ago.
Please do not fail to give a father and mother, who have this only child, as a consolation,
any information you may have about him, if he had the honor of being introduced to
you. I also beg you to ask, in your letters to your family or some of your friends,
that they give you any news they may have about him for we have received none since
his departure. If, despite my hopes, my son should happen to need some assistance
while in that country, I beg you to help him and to rest assured of my promptness
in reimbursing you at the first notice you will send me. I would deem it a great honor
to have the opportunity of being of some help to you, as a way of expressing all my
gratitude for your kindness and the attachment with which I am your very humble and
very obedient servant.
My address is Mr. de Fleury, Conseigneur of the town of St. Hippolyte.