George Washington Papers

To George Washington from François-Joseph-Paul, comte de Grasse-Tilly, 28 January 1783

Paris—Rue de foubourg St honoré No. A 28 Jany 1783.

Permit me, my dear General, to offer you my congratulations, on, the Signing of the Preliminary Articles, & the glorious End of all your toils—I have not forgot the hope you permitted me to entertain of having the pleasure of receiving you here after this Epoche. I beg you to be persuaded how earnestly I wish to renew that friendship we formed amidst the Scenes of War—Scenes which have always terminated happily for you & I felicitate my self for my Success in fighting for a Cause so just as that which you have supported If I had been supported by People of [   ] proved a bravery as yours the War would not have been [          ] by the [          ] which I have experienced but the War has finished as gloriously for France & America as if I had not been unfortunate—the circumstances of this affair do not the less assure me of the esteem of my friends and I do not the less, reckon you among the number—with this just & flattering confidence I beg you to be convinced of those sentiments I have always avowed for you and that I shall never cease to be with the most respectful & inviolable attachment My dear General Your very humble & Obed. Servt

Le Comte de Grasse

As I have been obliged to throw overboard all my Letters—I will be obliged to you to Send me the letters I had the honor to write to you of which I have no copies—the originals can no longer be useful to you if however you would chuse to keep them I must request you to furnish me with copies certified by you.

Translation, DLC:GW.


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