. The Comte de Lauraguais, also known as Duc de Brancas, was a prolific author, wit, and patron of letters
and the theater; he had known Arthur Lee in London and was consequently distrusted
by Silas Deane and his friends. See Hoefer, Nouv. Biog. Générale
; Deane Papers,
1:201; 402; 38–39.