George Washington Papers

From George Washington to Anne-César, chevalier de La Luzerne, 5 June 1780

Morris Town June 5th 1780


My time has been so entirely engrossed in the preliminary arrangements of immediate necessity towards the intended co-operation, that I have not been able till now to do myself the honor to thank your Excellency for your letter of the 21st of May.

We have too many proofs of the generous zeal of your Country men in the cause of America not to be convinced of it, and to feel all that the most grateful sensibility can inspire.

I am happy in believeing that the Troops and citizens of these states will eagerly embrace every opportunity to manifest their affection to the Troops and citizens of your Nation, as well as their gratitude and veneration to a Prince from whom they have received the most important benefits. Penetrated with a sense of these, I shall think it my duty to cultivate coorispondent sentiments as far as my influence extends.

The Marquis has given me an acct of all your Excellency had done for the advancement of the combined operations—It will no doubt contribute essentially to their success—and gives you a claim to the acknowledgments of the two Countries.

I am too sensible of the value of the permission you give me to solicit your aid in every thing, in which you can continue to afford us your good offices, not to make use of it as frequently as possible. I begin by entreating you to favour me with your advice with the greatest freedom on whatever occurs to you interesting to our affairs at this period. I have the honour to be with perfect respect & attachment. Yr Excellency’s Most Obedt—Most Hble Servt

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