From Colonel Vienne
To boston 15 7bre 1778
having Reciev’d news from France, which oblige Me to go home as soon as possible for domestick Concerns, and unwilling [to] Leave off the american Service, I entreat your Excellency to be pleased to give me a furlough for Eighteen Months; I pray you to send me a Writing Certifying that I serv’d in your armie as volonteer Since the first june till the fifteenth of july Next, that I Was at minmouth’s Battle, that having been Sent to take a View of the Ennemi’s Camp I took Some prisonners, that the Congress gave me the Rang of Colonel the fifteenth of july, that I Landed in Rhode Island With the american troops, and that My Conduct and Behaviour have been Belonging to an officer and gentleman, I Believe it is the General Suffrage: but the Certificate I Require of your Excellency, is too precious and flattering for me that I not Entreat you to grant it to me.1
I Require of your Excellency to be pleased to write quick an answer to me, the Vessel I propose to go in being Ready to Sail and Waiting only for my parting your permission and Certificate.
I pray you to give the all to Mr de chouans Who Will have the honour to Deliver you this.2 it is With the Sentiments of the most profound Respect I have the honour to be of your Excellency the Most humbly and obedient Servant
C[olonel] marquis Devienne
LS, PWacD; Sprague transcript, DLC:GW. GW enclosed a copy of this letter in his letter to Henry Laurens of 29 Sept., but that copy has not been found (see GW to Laurens, 29 Sept., and note 3 to that document).
1. For the certificate that GW wrote for Vienne on 29 Sept., see GW to Vienne, 29 Sept., n.2, and 16 Oct.; and Vienne to GW, 5 October. Congress approved Vienne’s furlough on 27 Oct. (see GW to Henry Laurens, 29 Sept.; Laurens to GW, 9 Oct.; and 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 , 12:1066).
2. The bearer was d’Estaing’s aide-de-camp, André-Michel-Victor, marquis de Choin (Chouin).