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Dear Colleagues, I’m writing a book on an eighteenth-century French smuggler named Louis Mandrin. The French minister of war suspected that, in the winter and spring of 1755, Mandrin was receiving subsidies from the British government through contacts in Switzerland. In particular, the minister believed that the smuggler had received, in Berne, a lettre de change for 30,000 lt that may have come from Britain. I have found no corroborating evidence for this but would like to ask members of this list if they know anything about this diplomatic liaison or could suggest sources that might shed light on it. Please respond off-list, directly to me, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks in advance for your help. Best, Michael Kwass Department of History Johns Hopkins University