Castle of Nan 5th December 1783
I have not the honor to be known to Your Excellency, but your great love of justice, makes me hope for every thing from your goodness; wc. I here venture to claim to obtain a reimbursment of more than sixty thousand dollars from the United States, due to me from the sale of sugars, the produce of my estate in St Domingoe, that were shipped in a French vessel the jonathal, of Marseilles; wc. after a violent tempest, was obliged to put in, to New London, where she was condemned, and the cargoe sold. It was paper money the Captain recieved; and by the order, or advice of Monsr de Valnay, who was then French Consul, he put it into the treasury of Boston—I hope Sir, the Congress have too much justice, not to form some arrangements for the liquidation of this paper; wc., in my particular case, is the property of my children—I am ready to submit to any arrangements, they shall think proper on the matter, by way of liquidation—I have been too unhappy, & too much punished, in being detained in France, by duty; so that I could not tender my poor services to Congress, and act under the greatest Officer in Christendom—I beg your Excellency, who detests flattery, to pardon me the truth I have dropped; & to suffer me in claiming his goodness & justice, to assure him of the profound respect, with which I am His Hble & obnt servant
Le Baron de Perin
Coll Commant of infantry—
Chevalier of the Royal & Military order of St. Louis
DLC: Papers of George Washington.