George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Nicholas Pariset, 13 December 1793

From Nicholas Pariset

Trenton [N.J.] December 13th 1793.


I flatter myself with a hope that you will pardon the liberty I have taken to dedicate to your Excellency this Small performance.1 my labour Shall be amply rewarded if it meets with Your Excellency’s approbation.

I purpose presenting it to the Congress for their acceptance as the “Book of the Discipline of the Cavalry of the United States.” I am with great Respect, Your Excellency’s Most obedient humble servant

Nas Pariset

ALS, DLC:GW. The docket for this letter reads in part, “13th Dec. 1792,” but 1793 is evidently the correct date.

1Pariset was referring to The American Trooper’s Pocket Companion: Being a Concise and Comprehensive System of Discipline for the Cavalry of the United States, which he published at Trenton in 1793. The dedication, which appears in the form of a letter to GW, dated “December, 1793,” reads: “Nothing could justify my Temerity in offering to your Excellency a Work so little proportioned to your enlightened Talents in the Art of War, but your Excellency’s known Disposition to patronize every well-meant Endeavour.—My Presumption in presenting it to the Public proceeds solely from Devotion and Zeal for the Service of my Fellow-Citizens of the United States.

“The Utility of an invariable and uniform Plan of Exercise and Discipline for the rising Cavalry of the States, appeared to me obvious.—Assisted by some Years Experience in that Service, I have presumed to digest a System, as concise and comprehensive as a Subject so extensive in itself would permit.—Should this my present Performance fail of receiving your Excellency’s Approbation (which to me would be above all other Eulogium) I flatter myself that your Excellency will pardon me in favour of the Motive that induced me to undertake it.”

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