Boston june 23. 1781
this is only to acknowledge the favour of your very Kind answer to my last letter. I Know that your excellency will always give a good construction to every thing that is inspired by my zeal, both for your person and for your country. I make no doubt but matters were not properly offered to your sight; but I could judge only of the thing in it self, and had nothing to do with the form which I apprehend were none of the best. I shall communicate to the gentleman that I mentioned to your excellency your satisfaction of their good intentions when I enjoy the happiness to see your excellency I shall acquaint you with their names and their caracters.
Our armie is advancing as fast as possible in good health and in good spirits, all chearfull to serve under your command.
your excellency will see by the letter of Count de Rochambeau that admiral Barras will make his best exertions to serve the common cause. I know the spirit that prevails in the navy and I can asure your excellency that they shall be never backward in the service. I have the honor to be with the warmest Zeal and most sincere respect dear general your most humble and obedient servant
le ch. de chastellux
DLC: Papers of George Washington.