George Washington Papers

From George Washington to Crèvecoeur, 9 July 1787

To Crèvecoeur

Philadelphia July 9th 1787


The letter which you did me the honor of writing to me by Commodore Paul Jones, came safe; as did the 3 Volumes of the Farmers letters. For both, particularly the compliment of the latter, I pray you to accept my best thanks.1

Let me express my gratitude to you at the sametime, Sir, for the obliging offer of transmitting any communications I may have occasion to make to my good and much esteemed friend the Marqs de la Fayette, whose Services & zeal in the cause of his Country, merits as much applause from his fellow Citizens, as it meets admiration from the rest of mankind.

I congratulate you on your safe arrival in this Country—and with sentiments of esteem & regard I have the honor to be Sir—Yr most Obedt Servt

Go: Washington

ALS (photoreproduction), DLC: Crèvecoeur Papers; LB, DLC:GW.

Crèvecoeur had recently returned from France to become the French consul in New York.

1Letter not found. See GW to John Paul Jones, 22 July 1787. Crèvecoeur sent GW a copy of the new three-volume French edition of his Letters from an American Farmer (1782), entitled Lettres d’un cultivateur Américain . . . depuis l’année 1770 jusqu’en 1786 (Paris, 1787). GW, who had read Crèvecoeur’s Letters, thought highly of the work (see GW to Richard Henderson, 19 June 1788).

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