[dateline] Lorient, 24 August. 1778
We have the honor to forward very humbly to your excellencies the enclosed letter
which was given to us yesterday by Mr. Lee,1
who resided with Mr. Schweighauser when he was in Nantes, and ask you to please acknowledge
As associates of the aforementioned Mr. Schweighauser, we have been eager to offer
you our humble services in this area. Our wishes would be most fulfilled in obeying
your orders and, if you kindly give us your patronage, please rest assured that we
will do everything in our power, through unfailing honesty and a most scrupulous execution
of your orders, to be worthy of your trust.
[salute] We are, with the most profound respect for your Excellencies, your very humble and
very obedient servants
[signed] Puchelberg & Co.