Elizth Town 14th April 1783
I have had the honor to recieve your Excellencys permission, to go to France; I have written to the President of Congress, & flatter myself that I shall not find difficulty in obtaining their approbation.
Altho my buisness will be mercantile yet I shall travel in Regimentals; an honorable certificate from your Excellency, will therefore be a far greater benefit to me, than any other letter recommendatory which can possibly be obtained.
If from my military character, your Excellency judges I merit this honor, I am certain I shall recieve it, and consider my time well spent to have deserved it. Should your Excellency honor me with any commands, I shall execute them with the greatest care & punctuality. I am with the greatest respect Your Excellencys most obedt humble servant
DLC: Papers of George Washington.