Philadelphia, Oct. 24th 1780
Mr de Pontiere, a French Gentleman of merit, arrived with me in this Country. Congress appointed him a Captain of Horse at York Town in February 1778. About that same time the late Col. Pulavski raised his Legion, & at my recommendation Capt. Pontiere was one of the first Officers employed in it. All the accounts I have had of this Officer ever since he has been in the Service, have concurred to represent him as brave, careful & attentive to all his Duties. He never was needlessly absent from his Corps & distinguished himself on Several Occasions. His Legion having been utterly destroyed, he is now absolutely unemployed, tho’ he has a great desire to continue in the service. I cannot help recommending him strongly to Your Excellency. The new arrangement of our Cavalry, to which will be joined Companies of Chasseurs, will perhaps offer an Opportunity of employing him. If not, I believe he is one of those foreign Officers whom Congress wish to See employed in Col. Hazen’s Regiment. I beg you will please to grant your protection to this Officer. He certainly deserves it, & his Conduct entitles him not to be forgot in the new Arrangement. I am with great respect, sir Your Excellency’s most obedient humble servant
DLC: Papers of George Washington.