fish-Kill 19 december 1780
the travellor that left Newport to go to the American Camp had certainly rode a great deal out of his way to pass at new Windsor, if he had not be afraid to be indiscreet. there is no mark of kindness of which I am not due to your Excellency, I will trouble [ ]er again to give my respectfull thanks for the letters colonel Duplessis has delivered to me. I hope that during my Stay in America I Shall find opportunities to Shew my gratitude by giving proofs of my zeal to the cause of liberty and of my highest Sentiments to the defender of it. I have the honour to be with the greatest respect and the most affectionate attachement Your excellency’s the most obedient and very humble Servant
viscount de noailles
DLC: Papers of George Washington.