To the Marquise de La Rouérie
Mount Vernon 28th May 1784
The Letter which you did me the honor to write from Rouerie on the 12th of Jany came to my hands in the course of this month.1 Language, or my ability, is too poor to express the sense of obligation I am laid under for the flattering sentiments contained therein—let your goodness then Madam, rather than a vain attempt of mine, speak my gratitude.
It is on the merits of your Son, not to any recommendation of mine, the Marqs de la Rouerie, must put in his claim to the smiles of his Prince, & the attention of his Ministers. For me it only belongs to do justice to his services by the most ample certificates of them, which he has obtained from me—and they are accompanied with my warmest wishes for his success. He, more effectually than I, can assure you of the great esteem, regard & veneration, with which I have the honor to be Madam &c. &c.2
2. GW enclosed the original of this letter to the marquise in a note of this date to her son Armand: “If this Letter shou’d find you at Philada—or within the United States—or where, or whensoever it may reach you—it is to beseech your care of the enclosed. My best wishes always shall attend you, & nothing would give me more pleasure than to hear you had attained the summit of your desires, in whatever walk of life you may bend your course” (LB, DLC:GW).