. This letter has not been identified, but was probably from Conrad Alexandre Gérard
to one or more of the American Commissioners (Benjamin Franklin, Silas Deane, and
Arthur Lee) in 1777 or early 1778. JA
had made a copy of the letter and in his reply of 31 March
(below) states that he made another. This indicates that the letter was probably
among the Commissioners' papers in Franklin's custody at Passy and may be one of the
Gérard letters in the Franklin Papers at the American Philosophical Society (Cal. Franklin Papers, A.P.S.
, 1:316, 358, 359; 4:227, 233, 245).