From Frédéric de Kalb
Alsace [France] 3 march—84
I have just recieved the honor of the Order of Cincinnatus; wc. is conferred on those who have distinguished themselves in the service of America—You honor me with it, as Heir of an unfortunate & respectable parent—I return you my warmest acknowledgments for it, & wish the distance of your Country, did not prevent me from paying my respects to you personally—I am Your Hble & Obt servant
Frederic de Kalb
Translation, in the hand of David Stuart, DLC:GW.
Frédéric, baron de Kalb (1765–1793), was taken into the French Society of the Cincinnati on 16 Jan. 1784 as the son and heir of Jean, baron de Kalb. The elder Kalb, a brigadier general in the French and major general in the American army, was mortally wounded in the Battle of Camden in August 1780. The son Frédéric died on the guillotine.