Head Qrs at Newbg 23d March 1783
Tho’ a stranger to your person, I am not so to your character—of the last, I have the honor to Rank myself among the first of your Admirers. Under the sanction of this profession, which I assure you is sincere, permit me to introduce to your Excellencys Civilities, Maj. Gouvion, a Colonel in the American Service of distinguished abilities, and of whose intelligence, bravery & Zeal, I have had the Most unequivocal proofs.
On whatever Expedition your Excellency may embark, & in whatever enterprises engage, my warmest wishes shall attend you. and if it be possible that you may encrease the Military fame which at present is so high—I have the honor to be With every considn of respt and Admirn—Yr Excellys Most obt and most Hble Servt
DLC: Papers of George Washington.