Philadelphia 11th August 1796.
I am just honoured with your Letter of the 8th Instant, and I shall give the necessary directions to the Deputy Post Masters of the Sea Port Towns to for ward all Letters that may be deposited in their Offices for Mr La Fayette or Mr Frestal, in the manner you have desired.
If I am not much mistaken the dead Letter I sent the young Gentleman was directed to Mr Motier; it may be proper for him to inform me if it was, and whether Letters from Europe are usually directed to him by that name?
It will afford me great pleasure to be in the least instrumental in securing the safe delivery of Mr La Fayettes Letters; and I have given particular instructions to the Clerk in this Office, who examine[s] the dead Letters to be careful in preserving any that may be for him, or his friend Mr Frestal. Whenever any such Letters are found here, they shall be immediately for warded to them. I am, with the greatest respect, Sir, Yr mo. obedient Servant
DLC: Papers of George Washington.