May 10th 1782
Give me leave to express your excellency how unhappy I am not to Serve this campaign in America. I was removed from the Soipormois regiment to the King’s light horse and have the Sorrow to think that I will not be able to See the glorious end of the war. I wish with all my heart America happy and independant for ever and france as intimate friend of her as we are with Some individuals. the bounds of friendship and gratitude diminish So much the more the distance that it will be in the futur a perpetual intercourse between the two Nations. I ask your excellency’s permission to repeat Sometimes the expression of my most tender and respectful Sentiments. I have the honour of being your excellency most obedient and humble Servant
Count de Noailles
DLC: Papers of George Washington.