George Washington Papers

From George Washington to Louis XVI, 2 March 1791

To Louis XVI

[Philadelphia, 2 March 1791]

Very great and good Friend, and Ally.

I have received the letter wherein you inform me that you have thought proper to give a new Mission to the Sieur de Moustier, and thereby to put an end to his Functions as Minister plenipotentiary here.1 His conduct during the Time of his residence in this Country, has been such as to meet my entire approbation and esteem, and it is with great pleasure I render him the Justice of this testimony. He carries with him my wishes, that in continuing to serve your Majesty faithfully, he may continue to enjoy your Favor and protection. I renew sincere assurances of the friendship and affection which I bear to your Majesty and your Nation, and I pray God to have you, very great and good friend and Ally, in his holy keeping. Written at Philadelphia the second day of March 1791. Your good Friend and Ally

Go: Washington

By the President
Th. Jefferson

Copy, DNA: RG 59, Ceremonial Letters, Credences.

1Eléanor-François-Elie, comte de Moustier, the French minister to the United States, had returned to France in October 1789 (see GW to Rochambeau, 13 Oct. 1789, n.1). For Louis XVI’s letter to GW announcing Moustier’s removal from his American post, see Moustier to GW, 6 Nov. 1790 and note.

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