[dateline] Passy, May 11. 1781
I am honoured with your Excellency's Letter of the 27th. past, acquainting me with
your Appointment as Minister Plenipotentiary to the States General, on which please
to accept my Compliments and best Wishes for Success in your Negociations.
We have just received Advice here, that M. la Motte Picquet, met with the English
Convoy of Dutch Ships taken at St. Eustatia, and has retaken 21. of them. The Men
of War that were with them escaped; after making the Signal for every one to shift
A Vessel is arriv'd at L'Orient from Philadelphia which brings Letters for the Court
down to the 25 of March; Mine are not yet come up. M. de Renneval, from whom I had
all the above Intelligence, tells me they contain no News of Importance.
I have the honour to be, Sir, Your most obedient & most humble Servant