George Washington Papers

From George Washington to Anne-César, chevalier de La Luzerne, 20 December 1780

New Windsor 20th Decr 1780


I had the honor to receive your Excellency’s favor of the 14th by the Chevr du Plessis. It is not in my power to determine whether it was the intent of Congress to extend the allowance of half pay for life to those Gentn who hold Brevet Commissions in the American Army and at the sametime retain their Ranks and are actually employed in that of their own Country.

Should it however be the sense of Congress—that Foreign Officers who come under the above description, are entitled to half pay at the expiration of the War, I shall take a particular pleasure in securing that allowance to Colonels Fleury and du Plessis not only on account of their singular merit, but because your Excellency has been pleased to interest yourself in their behalf. I have the honor to be with the most perfect Sentimts of respect & [Esteem] Yr Excellency Most Obedt Servt

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