BALTIMORE May 4, 1778.
Important Intelligence, Just Received by Express. Yorktown, May 3, 1778. SIR, You will be soon fully informed of the treaties of alliance and commerce between the Court of VERSAILLES and the UNITED STATES of AMERICA. Copy of a letter, which I here enclose, will in the meantime, give the great outlines. I have the honour to be, with great respect, Sir, your obedient servant, HENRY LAURENS, President of Congress.
Virginia Gazette (Dixon & Hunter) May 8, 1778 (supplement)
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The Treaty of Amity and Commerce between France and the United States was signed on February 6, 1778. Although France had been covertly aiding the Americans since 1776, she didn't officially recognize the new republic until after the victory over General Burgoyne at Saratoga (Autumn 1777).
Sources: Blanco, v 2