George Washington Papers

From George Washington to Anne-César, chevalier de La Luzerne, 5 June 1782

Head Quarters 5th June 1782


I have the honor of conveying to your Excellency, the inclosed address of the Officers of the American Army under my immediate Command, on the auspicious birth of a Dauphin.

Happy in this oppertunity of presenting to you this United testimony of respect and veneration for your Royal Master, I pray you to believe that I enjoy the highest satisfaction in having such an occasion of manifesting to your Excellency, the very particular pleasure I feel in every event which affects the happiness of his Most Christian Majesty—especially in one which is so interesting & important to his domestic felicity—& so pleasing to his people. I have the honor to be with the highest respect Your Excellys Most Obedt & Hble Servt

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AAE: Memoires et Documents, Etats-Unis.


c.5 June 1782


Amid the general expression of Joy on the auspicious birth of a Dauphin, permit us, the Officers of the American Army, to offer more than a silent approbation of those Sentiments and Congratulations which have been presented by Congress the representative body and sovereign power of the United States, through you to our great and illustrious Ally on this happy event.

There are circumstances, Sir, which render that, which in a degree is pleasing to all, particularly so to some; the harmony and friendship which subsisted between the Troops of your august Sovereign and us, during the last Campaign (when the only contention lay in endeavours to exceed each other in acts of emulation and brotherly kindness) give us this pre-eminence.

The blood freely offer’d on both sides which was spilt in the same Trench and often mixed in a common stream, the support of those rights which are interesting to the feelings of humanity and the priviledges of freemen, is such a cement to the friendship of the two Nations, as nothing, but a departure from the principles of the Union, which Heaven avert[!] can ever dissolve.

Not to participate then in the general satisfaction occasioned by an event which adds to the felicity of a Monarch, who may be viewed in the same moment, as the father of his own Nation and protector of the liberties of others; and which contributes so much to the happiness of a People to whom we are allied in interest and affection, would be an argument of great insensibility on our part.

That divine providence may shed its choicest blessings upon the King of France and his Royal Consort, and favor them with a long, happy & glorious reign; that the Dauphin may live to inherit the virtues and the Crown of his illustrious progenitors; that he may reign over the hearts of a happy and generous people, and be among the happiest in his kingdom, is our sincere and fervent wish. In behalf of the Army.

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