Morris Town May 19th 1780.
I have the pleasure to transmit you a Packet which was inclosed to me by the Marquis De La Fayette. He informs me that it contains permission for you to make a short cruise.
The Marquis has inspired me with an opinion of your character from several details with which he has favoured me that gives me the fullest assurance you will do every thing in your power to merit success, and I shall be particularly happy to hear you have met with it. The interest with which he speaks of you upon all occasions is an additional motive to these sentiments of perfect consideration with which I have the honour to be Sir Your most Obedient humble Servant
DLC: Papers of George Washington.