Boston the 15th of december 1781
when I went away from york town I expected to see your excellency in philadelphia. I desired before my departure for france to express to you my gratitude and ardent wishes to be led again on the glorious Scenes of war by the Same commander. the reputation of a chief us divided with his Soldiers and my attachment for the officers of your army will not permit me to remain long in france. I hope your excellency will receive with Kindness the assurance of my most respectful Sentiments. I have the honour to be your excellency Most obedient humble Servant
viscount de noailles
DLC: Papers of George Washington.