philadelphie 24 Xbre December 1782
Give me leave to assure you of the pleasure I feel of [seeing] me again in america and under your excellency’s Command. I wished to Return sooner but I was detained by many Reasons, and, principally by the hope of engaging the french ministry in an expedition if not against newyork, at least againts Charlestown. I suppose marquis de la fayette has informed your excellency of all that we have done about it. as soon as it has been Certain that nothing Could be undertaken this year I applied to the ministry for being sent back here even without the marquis, if he would not Come himself. I suppose the letters that I send to your excellency Contain the Reasons of his staying in france.
As soon as I shall have settled some matters here I propose to go and pay my Respects to your excellency. permit me, Sir, to present my Respects to Mrs Washington and my Compliments to the Genlemen of your family. I have the honour to be with the greatest Respect your Excellencys the most humble and obedt servant
Chev. Gouvion presents his Respects to your Excellency.
DLC: Papers of George Washington.