FOUQUET. Nicholas Fouquet and his son Marc (or Mark) accompanied Coudray from France in 1777 as bearers of commissions from Silas Deane. Nicholas held a commission as a captain-bombier and Marc as a lieutenant. Congress begrudgingly approved their commissions on 7 November 1777 but offered to facilitate their return to France by covering their expenses. As experts in the production of gunpowder, they offered a counterproposal, and so the Board of War employed them in 1778 to make powder and inspect powder magazines.
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