[dateline] Versailles, 30 March 1780
I have received, sir, the letter that you did me the honor to write on the 21st of
this month. I recall very well having told you that your presentation would be inserted
in the Gazette de France
. But further investigation has convinced me that never have the presentations of
either ambassadors or ministers plenipotentiary been announced in our Gazette
, so that to do so in your case would indicate an unwarranted partiality.1
As an alternative, if you wish, I will have it mentioned in the Mercure de France
, and you can, without any inconvenience, undertake to have it repeated in the foreign
[salute] I have the honor to be very sincerely, sir, your very humble and very obedient servant.
[signed] De Vergennes
P.S. I enclose a draft of the article that I propose to insert in the Mercure. I will not send it until you have given me your opinion.