Paris 20 Ner—1784.
I am to Sensibly affected at the gratefull hommage you so Justly receive from the state of Virginia to resist the desire of Expressing you My Joye upon this occasion; the good fortune I have had of being able to Say you mine Will engage you, I hope My General, to Excuse the Liberty I take to Congratulate upon this Opportunity, and of assuring you, that the Gratitude and Admiration I am Penetrated of for you are as strongly impressed in My heart as Your Glory in America.1
Will you be Kind Enough to Excuse the Broken inglish I make Me of to Express the Respectfull sentiments With Which I have the honour to be My General Your Most Obedient servant
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I have the honour to Present My Respectfull Compliments to Milady Washington.