From Colonel Vienne
Boston The 5th october 1778
I shall be very much oblig’d if your Excellency will be So good as to Send me a forlorn [furlough] for one year according to your Excellency’s promise to me, with a Certificate of my behaviour in the time I have been under your Command. I will Still be much oblig’d to your Excellency if you will be pleas’d to Send me these two pieces as quick as your Excellency’s time will permit it, because I wait now for nothing else to Sail immediately for france.1 I beg your Excellency to Consider upon my Situation as well as to have due Regard for it. I have The honour to be with a most profound respect Sir of your Excellency’s most obedient & most humble Servant
Colonel mqs Devienne
I Shall be very much oblig’d if your Excellency will Send the answer under Genl Hancock Cover or direction.
ALS, PHi: Gratz Collection; Sprague transcript, DLC:GW. The postscript to the ALS and its addressed cover, both of which are in Vienne’s writing, are with the Sprague transcript in DLC:GW.