Richmond Aug. 12th 1796
Your letter to General Pinckney was deliverd by myself to the postmaster, the night on which I receivd it, & was as he says, immediately forwarded by him. Its loss is the more remarkable as it coud not have been opend from a hope that it containd bank notes.
Permit me Sir to express my gratification as a citizen of the United States, that a gentleman of General Pinckneys character will represent our government at the court of France. with every sentiment of respect & attachment I remain Sir Your obedt Servt
DLC: Papers of George Washington.