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Letter to the President of Congress



St˙ Eustatia, April 5, 1776.

MR˙ PRESIDENT: I ought to make an apology for the liberty I take in addressing you; but I have no occasion for any other than the sincerity of my intention. By you, sir, I mean to address the Congress, in order to inform them that, about two months ago, I was at Paris, and that the common conversation there was on the subject of American affairs.

It is believed that you will apply to the Court of France for their assistance, by which applications the English Minister would learn your designs. For this purpose he has attached to his interests a good many French at Paris, who are pretended friends of America, and who speak loudly of the justice of your cause, and wish it well. The English Minister hopes that you will apply to these men to transact your affairs, and, of consequence, that they will fall into bad hands.

Perhaps you will ask how I came by this knowledge. I cannot well inform you of this to the bottom; all that I would say to you is, that, as I have had conversation with them, I have sounded them on the subject, and am sure that what I have said is true. But, sir, I know what will accomplish your ends — that Americans only be employed with the management of your affairs; men faithful, honest, and intelligent, and who can speak French; for Gallick faith is at present almost as proverbial as Punick faith used to be.

I have nothing further to say at present. I am a friend to the cause of America; and am, with great sincerity, Mr˙ President, your very humble and obedient servant,