From John Jacob Ulrich Rivardi
Norfolk. March the 12th 1795
Permit me to express to your Excellency my warmest thanks for the appointment which you have honored me with; Such a distinguished token of confidence from you flatters me more than if it had been conferred by the greatest Potentate of Europe. I shall always be proud of Serving under your Excellency’s auspices & hope on your indulgence respecting Some circumstances, which in my present Situation I was forced to mention in a letter to the Secretary of War before I fix on So important a Step as that of closing with his proposals.1
I shall intirely abide by your Excellency’s decision to which I took the liberty of referring. With Sentiments of the most respectfull consideration & of heartfelt gratitude—I have the honor to be Your Excellency’s Most Humble & Most Obedient Servant
J. J. Ulrich Rivardi
ALS, DNA: RG 59, Miscellaneous Letters.
1. Rivardi’s letter to Secretary of War Timothy Pickering has not been identified, but Pickering’s letter to GW of 23 March probably is a summary of it: “Major Rivardi requests that the inclosed letter may be laid before you. He wishes another appointment—of Inspector of fortifications, ordinance & military stores—if such an office were in the President’s disposal. If not, he will accept the Majority in the Corps of artillery: but then asks the gratification of 400 dollars, without encumbering his pay” (ALS, DLC:GW). Rivardi accepted the appointment as a major of artillery.