Resolution on the Services of Comte de Rochambeau1
[Philadelphia, January 1, 1783]
That the President make the acknowlegements of Congress in a particular manner to His Excellency The Count De Rochambeau and signify to him the high sense they entertain of the distinguished talents displayed by him with so much advantage to these states in the most important conjunctures as well as of the strict and exemplary discipline which have been uniformly conspicuous in the troops under his command and which have deservedly acquired the admiration and Esteem of the citizens of these states by whom his signal services and the delicate attention at all times paid to their private rights will ever be held in affectionate remembrance.
AD, Papers of the Continental Congress, National Archives.
1. Jean Baptiste Donatien de Vimeur, Comte de Rochambeau, and the French troops under his command left the United States on December 29, 1782. On receipt of a letter from the Secretary for Foreign Affairs informing Congress of the departure of the French army and the intention of the French King “to direct them to return whenever an object should offer, in which they might effectually co-operate with the troops of the United States,” a resolution was introduced expressing appreciation for the French contribution to American victory. H’s resolution concerning Rochambeau comprised the last paragraph of the congressional resolution thanking the French (see JCC description begins Journals of the Continental Congress, 1774–1789 (Washington, 1904–1937). description ends , XXIV, 1–2).