Port au Prince 27 July 1783
I send inclosed a discourse to the people whose liberty is the fruit of your labour this discourse dictated by circumstances may serve as a preface to an important work a project of Legislation, at which I have been some time working—I am no legislator and therefore it is not my own glory that I have in view, but solely the happiness of the Nation who shall adopt it—to offer it to America will be( if it is approved) to offer it to the whole World—and my duty towards my Country, which I am ambitious to fulfill in every respect, will not be omitted—I shall above all esteem myself without reproach, if a Man, who is greater than Brutus—& more happy and disinterested than any Man since the Prince of Orange, shall judge me so.
I address a Copy of my discourse to Mr President Hancock—Deputy Franklin in france & Mr Thompson Secretary of Congress. I am with profound respect Sir Your very humble & very obedient Servant
Du Boys d’Lamoligniere
Counsellor of the Superior Counsel
DLC: Papers of George Washington.