Office of Foreign Affairs Philadelphia 13th May 1782.
I have the honor to inform you, that the Honorable the Minister Plenipotentiary of France, this day announced to the United States in Congress assembled at a public Audience the birth of a Dauphine--and that Congress received this enunciation of an event, in which the happiness of their Ally was so deeply engaged with the most lively marks of pleasure--It is their wish that your Excellency and the Troops under your command should partake in this pleasure--I have their orders to inform you of this event to the end that you may cause the same to be published in both Armies with such demonstrations of Joy as you shall direct. I have the honor to be, Sir with great respect and esteem Your Excellency’s most obedient humble Servant
Robt R. Livingston
DLC: Papers of George Washington.