George Washington to John Hancock
Camp at Cross Roads [Pennsylvania] August 17, 1777. Seeks information concerning Du Portail’s1 request to Congress for horses and servants at public expense.
LS, in writing of H, George Washington Papers, Library of Congress.
1. Colonel Louis Le Bèque (Le Begue) Du Portail was sent to America in July, 1777. Congress appointed him chief engineer with the rank of colonel. He was given the rank of brigadier general November 17, 1777.