[dateline] Nantes 22 April 1780
Inclosed I forward you five American Newspapers which I received last Evening by the
Dove Capt. W. Kindy, they will give you an Account of Clintons arrival in Georgia.
I have likewise to inform you that the Capt. and a passinger informs me Genl. Gates
was appointed to Command the Southern Army and that he was on his way to Join it.
The same Gent. add that Vessell from Martinique had Just arrived and brought an Account
that the Dean Captain Nicholson had sent in there an English Frigate Sheathed with
Coper and mounting twenty Eight Gunns she struck after a severe Action.1
Had I been a ceremonious man I should have waited on you before with my Congratulations
on your appointment. You will beleive me as an honest one that I am very happy my
Country has shown so much wisdom, and I am not without hopes that your endeavours
will extricate her out of her difficulties in which I wish you every Success and am
with my sincere and very best offers of service Sir, Your most Obedt. & most Humble