George Washington Papers

To George Washington from the Board of War, 17 July 1778

From the Board of War

War Office [Philadelphia] July 17. 1778.


Congress having been pleased to grant to the Marquis de Vienne (a major in the armies of his most Christian Majesty) the brevet commission of Colonel1—we do ourselves the honour to signify it to your Excellency; and to intimate the wishes of the Marquis to be employed in some service of utility to the states, and in which he may have an opportunity to manifest his military talents & zeal for the cause in which he is engaged. We have the honour to be your Excellency’s most obedient servants. By order of the Board

Tim. Pickering.

ALS, DLC:GW; copy, MHi: Pickering Papers.

1Louis-Pierre, marquis de Vienne, who had arrived at the Valley Forge camp in June with letters of introduction to Lafayette, had remained with the army until 6 July, when he went on to Congress with letters of introduction from Lafayette and GW’s aide-de-camp John Laurens (Laurens, Army Correspondence description begins The Army Correspondence of Colonel John Laurens in the Years 1777–8, now First Printed from Original Letters Addressed to His Father, Henry Laurens, President of Congress, with a Memoir by Wm. Gilmore Simms. New York, 1867. description ends , 203; Lafayette Papers description begins Stanley J. Idzerda et al., eds. Lafayette in the Age of the American Revolution: Selected Letters and Papers, 1776–1790. 5 vols. Ithaca, N.Y., 1977-83. description ends , 2:96, 99, 101). Congress approved Vienne’s commission on 15 July (see JCC description begins Worthington Chauncey Ford et al., eds. Journals of the Continental Congress, 1774-1789. 34 vols. Washington, D.C., 1904–37. description ends , 11:692–94).

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