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To George Washington from Charles-René-Dominique Sochet Destouches, 10 May 1781

A Newport Le 10 Mai 1781

Monsieur

Votre Excellênce sera informée incessament par M. Le Comte De Barras lui même, de sa nomination au commandement de L’Escadre du Roi, et de son arrivée a Boston. Le soin de deffendre les côtes d’Amerique ne pouvoit être confié a un officier plus distingué, et je m’honorerai de conduire sous lui l’avant garde des mêmes forces, dont Jai eû precedement le commandement en chef. J’ose croire que le tems pendant le quel elles ont ete sous ma direction ne sera pas regardé comme tout a fait perdû, pour L’avantage de la cause commune. ce sera toujours L’Epoque la plus precieuse de ma vie par les temoignages honorables d’approbation que le congrés des Etats unis, et votre Excellence ont bien voulû donner a mon zele.

Je suis avec respect, Monsieur de Votre Excellênce Le Tres humble et Tres obeissant Serviteur

Destouches

Translation

Newport 10th May 1781.

Sir

Your Excellency will be informed by the Count de Barras himself of his appointment to the Command of the Squadron of the King and of his arrival at Boston. The care of defending the Coasts of America cannot be intrusted to a more distinguished Officer, and I shall have the honor to conduct under him the Advance Guard of the same forces of which I just before had the Command in Chief. I dare beleive that the time while they were under my direction will not be looked upon as mispent in the common cause. It will always be esteemed the most valuable Epoch of my life, on account of the honorable Testimonies of approbation which the Congress of the U. S. and your Excellency have been pleased to bestow upon my Zeal. I am with Respect yrs &a

des Touche.

DLC: Papers of George Washington.

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