George Washington Papers

From George Washington to Conrad-Alexandre Gérard, 5 July 1779

To Conrad-Alexandre Gérard

New Windsor July 5th 79


A report prevails here that Your Excellency intends shortly to take your departure for France. On a presumption of its truth, I take the liberty to request you will do me the Honor to take charge of the inclosed letter for the Marquis De la Fayette.1

I cannot but avail myself of this opportunity of assuring your Excellency of the high sense I entertain of your services to this country, and how much I should regret your absence, if I were not convinced that it will be employed to promote the mutual interests of France and America—With this consolation, I entreat you will accept the homage of my sincerest wishes for your health and happiness; and that you may have a safe and agreeable passage and a happy sight of your friends. I have the honor to be With the highest respect & truest personal attachment Your Excellency’s Most Obedient & Most humble servant.

Df, in Alexander Hamilton’s writing, DLC:GW; Varick transcript, DLC:GW. GW wrote the dateline and address on the draft manuscript.

1GW is referring to his letter to Lafayette of 4 July.

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