30. Wind brisk from No. Wt. & cold. Mer. at 54. Doctr. Stuart went away after breakfast. Mr. Cottineau & Lady, Mr. Rosseau & Lady, the Visct. D’Orleans, & Mr. De Colbert came to Dinner & returned to Alexa. afterwards. A Mr. Stockton from N. Jerseys came in the afternoon.
mr. cottineau & lady: Denis Nicholas Cottineau de Kerloguen (c.1745–1808) was a Breton officer who had served with the Continental navy during the Revolution. He had commanded the United States frigate Pallas, serving under John Paul Jones’s command during the fight between the Bonhomme Richard and Serapis, and had himself fought and captured the Countess of Scarborough in the same battle. After the Revolution, Cottineau returned to his plantations in Saint Domingue but was forced to flee because of the insurrection there. He settled in Philadelphia and for a time became a shareholder and settler at the French Royalist colony of Azilum on the Susquehanna River. Later, he moved to Savannah. Although Cottineau was not qualified for membership in the Society of the Cincinnati, he had been made an honorary member of the Pennsylvania Society in 1795. Cottineau was married to Luce Moquet, a sister of Jean Bérard de Moquet, marquis de Montalet (HUME description begins Edgar Erskine Hume, ed. General Washington’s Correspondence concerning the Society of the Cincinnati. Baltimore, 1941. description ends , 412; MOREAU DE SAINT-MÉRY description begins Médéric-Louis-Élie Moreau de Saint-Méry. Description Topographique, Physique, Civile, Politique, et Historique de la Partie Française de l’Isle Saint-Domingue. Edited by Blanche Maurel and Étienne Taillemite. 3 vols. Paris, 1958. description ends , 3:1470; Cottineau to GW, 7 Sept. 1788, HUME description begins Edgar Erskine Hume, ed. General Washington’s Correspondence concerning the Society of the Cincinnati. Baltimore, 1941. description ends , 335–37; chevalier d’Annemours to GW, 15 Feb. 1789, HUME description begins Edgar Erskine Hume, ed. General Washington’s Correspondence concerning the Society of the Cincinnati. Baltimore, 1941. description ends , 340–42). mr. rosseau & lady: Fitzpatrick says this is Jean Rosseau, a volunteer on the Bonhomme Richard (Fitzpatrick, Diaries description begins John C. Fitzpatrick, ed. The Diaries of George Washington, 1748–1799. 4 vols. Boston and New York, 1925. description ends , 4:263). visct. d’orleans: GW may mean Louis Philippe, duc d’Orleans (1773–1850) or one of his brothers, Antoine Philippe d’Orleans, duc de Montpensier (1775–1807), or Louis Charles d’Orleans, comte de Beaujolais (1779–1808). The three Princes of the Blood were in exile in America and had visited GW at Mount Vernon for four days in April 1797, before starting on a three-month tour through the wilderness of Tennessee, Kentucky, western Virginia, and Pennsylvania. GW had at that time given them letters of introduction and a map of the roads they were to follow on their journey. The duc d’Orleans in 1830 became King Louis Philippe of France (see LOUIS-PHILIPPE  description begins Louis-Philippe, Memoirs, 1773–1793. Translated by John Hardman. New York and London, 1977. description ends , xxi-xxxiii, and LOUIS-PHILIPPE  description begins Suzanne D’Huart, ed. Louis-Philippe, Journal de Mon Voyage d’Amérique. Paris, 1976. description ends ). mr. de colbert: This is probably Édouard Charles Victurnien Colbert, chevalier de Maulevrier (1758–1820). Colbert later became comte de Maulevrier. He entered the French navy in 1774 and served in America during the Revolution. At the beginning of the French Revolution he commanded a French vessel, but he lost his command and was eventually forced to flee France. He spent a part of his exile in America, returning to France in 1814 at the restoration of the Bourbons (BIOG. UNIVERSELLE description begins Biographie Universelle Ancienne et Moderne . . .. 45 vols. Paris, 1843–65. description ends , 8:562).