To Auguste de Grasse
Mount Vernon, Septr 9th 1799.
I have received your letter of the 20th of August, requesting an Appointment in the Corps of Engineers about to be established.1
I have made it a point to forward all applications for military Offices, which have been made to me, to the Secretary of War, in whose Office they will be deposited for the inspection and consideration of the President of the United States; and your letter has been transmitted to him accordingly.2 With due respect I am, Sir, Your most Obedt Servt
LS (photocopy), ViMtvL; copy, DLC:GW. Both the signed copy and the retained copy are in the hand of Tobias Lear. Lear wrote at the bottom of the retained copy: “Monsr Augustus De Grass Charleston S.C.”
Alexandre-François-Auguste de Grasse-Rouville, comte de Grasse, marquis de Tilly (1765–1845), who came to the United States in 1793, was soon to return to France.
1. Letter not found.