[dateline] Paris Feby. 28th. 1780
[salute] Dear Sir
The Marquiss, who loves Us, will deliver You this. He will tell You every thing.
Arbuthnot, Rodney and Walsingham are to be pitted against de la Motte Piquet, Guichen
and Ternay in the West Indies. So that I hope, You will be pretty quiet. Prepare however
to co-operate and rout them out of the Continent if possible. Above all let me beg
of You to encourage Privateering.
The French will be superior in the American Seas this Campaign, or I am misinformed,
and I have it from good Authority. Oh that Spain could be persuaded that Gilbralter
is to be conquered in America. It is certainly true, and I believe only there. I have
written You by Mr. Lee1
who goes in the Alliance, and took my Pen now, only to give the Marquiss a Letter
to put into your Hands.
[salute] Your Friend in great Haste.
[signed] John Adams