18 May 1778 — Brest, France
His Excellency Doctor Franklin
American Plenipotentary at the Court of France
Brest, 18th May 1778
The written letter addressed to the Countess of Selkirk which I leave open for your perusal will I hope apologize for the liberty I take when I request you to forward it via Holland. Two copies are already forwarded one of which under cover to the post master at Balis and Lord le Despencer so that I hope at least of the three will ready the ladys hands.
I cannot but feel myself hurt by of the enemy the dirty insinuation that my enterprise at Whitehaven was in consequence of a capital sum paid me in hand by the Court of France. They have more ??i??its of the same kind to expect (if I am not deprived of the means of making them) and that too without my having either a certainty or hope of gain.
I have the honor to be with great esteem and respect
Sir your very obliged
Very humble servant