[dateline] L'Orient 27th. April 1778
[salute] Honorable Gentlemen
I have only time to inform you that I have just received an account from Brest of
the arrival in that port of the prize Ship Lord Chatham of 250 Tons loaded with Beer
and Gran. taken by the Ranger Frigate about five leagues from Cape Clear.1
I will advise you more particularly in my next regarding this matter, not having at
present any other account from Brest, than the above.2
I am very respectfully Honorable Gentlemen Your most obt. sert.