West Point 4th June 1782
The Officers of the first and second Massachusetts Brigades and Massachusetts regiment of artillery, beg leave as a part of the army, to express the great joy and felicity we feel on the auspicious birth of the Dauphin of France. Permit us to request of your Excellency to address his excellency the minister of France with our hearty congratulations upon this important event, and to express for us in the warmest terms the very sincere attachment we have to the alliance formed with that illustrious nation whose minister he is, and of our fixed determination, in common with our countrymen, to adhere to a compact so reciprocally beneficial under every possible change of fortune. We have the honor to be With great respect your Excellencys Most obedient servants
Joseph Vose Colo. Commandt
in behalf of the Offrs 1st Brigade
Rufus Putnam Colo. Commandt
In behalf of the officrs 2d Brigaid
John Crane Colo.
In behalf of the officers of Massts Arty
DLC: Papers of George Washington.