[dateline] Paris July 2<3d>1st 1780
I have receiv'd the letter you did me the honor to write me yesterday; and am extreamly
sensible of your Excellency's Confidence in communicating to me, the destination of
the Armament under M. Le Chevr. de Ternay and M. Le Comte de Rochambau, and the probability
that the Ships will winter in North America.
I assure your Excellency, that scarcely any News I ever heard, gave me more satisfaction;
and nothing, in my opinion, can afford a more effectual Assistance to America, or
make a deeper, or more grateful Impression, on the Minds of her Inhabitants.
I am infinitely mistaken if the Service of the King in the Conduct of the War, both
in the West Indies and North America, does not derive such essential Advantages from
this Measure, as will demonstrate its Wisdom to all the World, as well as to the English
and the Americans, the King's determined Benevolence to the American Cause. I have
the honour to be with the greatest Respect Your Excellency's Most obedient and most