From Du Bouchet
Philadelphia. Mai. 17th 1784.
Being of all the petitioners for Becoming Members of the association of the Cincinnati, the only officer Whose case stands so pecular as to advocate for an exception to the General Rules of the society, I ardently Beg your Excellency to Be pleased to Reccollect, that I have on no other purpose, that to Get admittance to the order, Cross’d the atlantick, and that Returning home disapointed in my expectation, Would ruin Both my Carracter and all prospect, I may have of prefferement in the army.
am I, sir, so infortunate, as to have Been too sanguine and Confident in your Excellency’s esteem and Goodness? am I so infortunate as to have Been in the Wrong, When I Indulged myself in the thought, that having since 1776 almost at any time, Being employ’d for the cause and more, Being the only french man Who Was at Both the surrenders of the two British armyes taken on this continent, you Would Graciously Look on and grant my petition? Disapointement Would Be a stain upon my honour, Wich could never Be Blotted out.1 I am, sir With the highest Respect your Excellency’s most humble and most obedient servant
Le chev. du Bouchet
ALS, DSoC. This letter was enclosed in L’Enfant’s letter of 17 May 1784.
1. See the resolution of the general meeting on 17 May as recorded in Sargent’s journal granting Du Bouchet’s request. A copy of the resolution extracted from the minutes and signed by GW is in PWacD: Sol Feinstone Collection on deposit at PPAmP. For Du Bouchet’s military career in America, see note 40 in doc. II.