Paris October the 15th 1787
My dear General
This letter will Be delivered By Mr du Pont the Son of a Very Sensible and Honest Gentleman, who Has Been Much Emploied in Affairs of Administration, and is Now Very zealously Engaged in drawing Up A Report for our Commercial affairs. His Son Goes out for His instruction, and With a wiew to fit Himself for future Emploiement.1 I Beg leave to Recommend Him to Your patronage and Advices, and am Happy, My Beloved General, in Every opportunity to Remind You of Your tenderest, and I am Bold to Say, Your dearest friend Who shall, as long as He lives, glory to Be Your adoptive son and most Respectfull Servant
1. Victor Marie Du Pont (1767–1827), son of Pierre-Samuel Du Pont de Nemours (1739–1817), became an attaché to the French legation in New York and on 2 Nov. 1788 was one of the party of the French minister, Moustier, who dined at Mount Vernon (Diaries description begins Donald Jackson and Dorothy Twohig, eds. The Diaries of George Washington. 6 vols. Charlottesville, Va., 1976–79. description ends , 5:417–18).