ALS (draft) and copy: Library of Congress
Passy, March 6. 1779
I have perused the Papers you communicatd to me4 by which it appears that you have been so disinterestedly serviceable in the American Armies.—And it is with great Pleasure I have added my Certificate, that those Papers are genuine and authentic; hoping they may be of Service to you, where the Power of Advancing Merit is more extensive than with the poor young States of America.—I have the Honour to be, with much Esteem, Sir, Your most obedient & most humble Servant
Brigadier General de Laneuville
Notation: To Brigdr. Genl. De la Neufville 6. March 79 & to All Captains & Commanders relative to Cook 10. March 79.—5
4. Which we print before March 6.
5. The letter for Cook begins immediately below BF’s draft of his letter to Laneuville. We print it under March 10, below.