on board the felicity. 66º longitude. off chesapeak bay 5th july 1780.
Employed as a field officer in the french army, which as I believe; is to Cooperate with the american forces; I think it my duty, to express to your Excellency, the sense I shall allways entertain of your kindness for me; and how happy I should think myself, to find me under your Command, again.
My intention when I left america Last december, was to comeback before the beginning of this Campaign; but my Country having been pleased to Require my services, I have obey’d.
I hope in this new Station, to Justify your kindness for me when in the american army, & find opportunitys to deserve your Esteeme [‘s] I have the honor to be with great Respect your Excellency’s the most obedient humble servant.
I think it will not be disagreable to your excellency, to be inform’d, that the king of france has given me Leave to wear as a Croix de st. louis. the medall, which congress, had voted for me, & which doctor franklin, had struck By order of the treasury board at paris.
PHi: Gratz Collection.