I have been made happy by the receipt of your letter of the 28th of September, and regret that I had not an opportunity at Hartford, of assuring you personally of my esteem. Confirmed by what I have seen myself, in the high opinion of his abilities and personal qualities, with which the reputation of the Count De Rochambeau had impressed me, I learn with peculiar pleasure, his obliging partiality for me, and my satisfaction is complete in the assurance you give me that your army in general participate in his sentiments. They have too much merit not to possess all my esteem. The zeal with which they came to the succour of this country, and their good conduct since will be a new cement of the alliance. Every day brings me Fresh proofs of the growing affection and admiration of the inhabitants who are witnesses to it. I hope another campaign will be more favourable to their wishes than the past and will reward them with those laurels and with that glory, which I am persuaded they will deserve.
I beg my compliments to Cols. Fleury and Du Plessis, with every assurance of my friendship. With great consideration I have the honor to be Sir Your most Obed. servt
DLC: Papers of George Washington.