From Mauduit Du Botderu
at Hennebont in Lower Brittany 23d Decr 1791
It is the unhappy sister of Colonel Mauduit who has recourse to you. M. le Blond, an Officer of Artillery, being about to fix himself in New England, is anxious to obtain your good wishes, General;1 His brother in law who is my relation, has earnestly requested that I would ask them of you. I do it with confidence after all those which you have shewn to my unfortunate brother, of whom Monsters have deprived me. I know, General, that you have regretted his death, and that serves to alleviate my pains. He was worthy of the friendship which you had for him. I have the honor to be, with respect, General, Your very humble & Obedt Servt
Mauduit de Botderu
ALS and translation, DLC:GW. The French text of the original receiver’s copy appears in CD-ROM:GW.
Jeanne-Thomasse-Emilie Mauduit Du Botderu was the sister of Thomas-Antoine Mauduit Du Plessis, who had been killed in Saint Domingue in March 1791 (see Desbrosses to GW, 22 Mar. 1791, n.1). She later married Esprit-Jean-Marie-Paul Meslou de Tregain (Frotier, Filiations Bretonnes, description begins Henri Frotier de La Messelière. Filiations bretonnes, 1650–1912. 6 vols. 1912. Reprint. Saint-Brieuc, France, 1976. description ends 3:684).