Head Quarters New Windsor 23d Decr 1780
I have been honored with your letter of the 15th announcing the sudden death of the Chevr de Ternay. I extremely regret this event, as from the short acquaintance which I had an opportunity of making with that Gentleman I had conceived a high opinion of his Merit. I am pleased to hear that the command of his Most Christian Majesty’s squadron devolves upon an Officer of whom you speak so favorably as you do of the Chevalier Destouches.
I feel very sensibly your expressions of esteem for me, and I beg leave to assure you that I shall take every opportunity of convincing you that I am With great Respect Sir Yr most obt and hble Servt
I immediately forwarded your dispatches by Express to the Minister of France.
DLC: Papers of George Washington.