newport. september 28th 1780
I should not have Been Delaying so long to present your excellency my Respectfull hommage, had I not been in hopes to follow General Rochambeau on his going to hartford—t’is With the utmost pleasure, sir, that I see, accordingly to my foresight, the esteem and the Veneration he Brought from europe for your personne and your military talents, Rooted into his heart, By this intervew. every one in the french army is partaking in his sense of your merit and heroick quality, and above all those who as mr fleury, mr Duplessis and I myself have already Been in the american service—I congratulate myself upon my Being again once more under your command, and acting in a memorable revolution, of Wich for its glorious sucess, america is so much endebted to your excellency. I have the honour to Be With Respect, sir, your excellency’s most humble and most obedient servant.
the chevalier Du Bouchet.
Deputy—adjutant—General of the french army.
DLC: Papers of George Washington.