George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Charles, marquis de La Rouërie Armand Tuffin, 4 February 1781

4th february 1781


the Situation in which I do find my self in this Country is So different from that of all others the french officers who Have Come to Serve Here that it Does become necessary for me to take Extraordinary precautions in returning Home, otherwise I shall find myself in worse Circumstances for Having made Greater Sacrifices—my not Having been promoted after four years services will be an argument of so powerful a nature against me as will requiere the strongest testimonies to fight against it—your Exellency is the only friend I have found in this Country, & the marks I Have been So Happy as to receive of your bounty, makes me bold in this last application before I take my departure—it is that you will favour me with a letter to the Marechal duc de Biron my ancient Colonel Expressing your approbation of my Conduct & the reasons for what I Could not be promoted this I Can assure to your Exellency will be a most flattering demarch towards the marechal & will be of great benefit to me—I Do not know that it Has been Customary for you to give Similars lettres to others of my Country men, but I Hope my peculiar Situation & your goodness for me will induce you to make a distinction in my favour—I Have the less Hesitation in making this entreaty as though you Have not in all probability a Correspondence with the marechal duc, I am Certain He will think it the Highest Honor to receive a lettre from the father of the american revolution, & I believe lettres of this kind to be not uncustomary when officers of one nation Serve in the army of another.

I Shall Have the Gretiest obligation to your Exellency for your Complience, & shall be Happy in every occasion of testifying to you the gratitude as well as: the admiration, respect & attachement with which I Have the Honor to be your Exellency’s the most Hble & obedt srt

C. armand

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