Head Quarters New Windsor 7th Decemr 1780
I have the honor to introduce to your Excellency the Marquis de Laval, a Colonel in the French Army—This Gentleman is of the Family of Montmorenci, the most illustrious in France; which alone would intitle him to every mark of respect, did not his personal good qualities and the zeal with which he has sought the American service give him a further claim to our attentions. I am convinced Your Excellency will receive him in a manner suited to his merit and his Birth. I have the honor &c.
DLC: Papers of George Washington.