From Lieutenant Colonel Ternant
Philadelphia septr 29th 1778
The late & unexpected appointment of Lieutt Colonel & Inspector of the Conferal troops in south Carolina & Georgia, which Congress has been pleased to confer upon me, fills my heart with gratitude & commands my warmest & sincerest thanks to your Excellency for the favorable testimony you were pleased to give of my past services & conduct1—I feel an infinite joy in being able to indulge ounce more, in so honorable a manner my natural inclination to military matters, & to continue to serve under your distinguished & Illustrious banners—I will endeavour by indefatigable exertions in the discharge of my office & upon any occasion to justify the choice of Congress & give undeniable proofs of my strongest & constant attachment to this my adoptive country. I have the honor to be with great respect Your Excellency’s most obedient humble servant
1. For Congress’s resolutions of 25 Sept. regarding Jean-Baptiste Ternant’s appointment, see Henry Laurens to GW, 27 Sept.; see also JCC description begins Worthington Chauncey Ford et al., eds. Journals of the Continental Congress, 1774-1789. 34 vols. Washington, D.C., 1904–37. description ends , 12:952. For GW’s approbation of Ternant’s previous services, see his letter to Ternant of 2 September.