[dateline] Paris 26 April 1779
[salute] Dr. Sr.
As I have not been able to procure from Dr. Franklin his reasons in writing for disobeying
the order of Congress of 7th May 1778, I have desired Mr. Lee to favour me with a
Copy of his Minutes, respecting our conversation on that subject on 12th of January
I enclose them for your perusal, and should be obliged to you if you would attest
them. If you find any mistakes, or omissions, you will be so good as to favour me
with a state of the conversation. You will be pleased to let Mr. Ford take a Copy
of both papers, and return me the originals.2
I enclosed you a Letter two days ago, by the Post, from Holland; it will give me pleasure
to learn that it has brought you agreeable news.
[salute] I have the honour to be Dr. Sr. Your most obt. hble Servt.
[signed] Ra. Izard