Cap May May 12th 1783
I cannot Leave America without present your Excellency my most grateful Aknowledgements for the kind and flattering Letter you have honored me with; The remembrance of your friendship will forever be dear and glorious to me. I had expected the pleasure to pay you my respects in Virginia, and I am extremly disappointed to go to france So Soon. I hope you will not give up the Plan of a Tour in Europe, and be convinced how happy I would be to wait upon you every where in the both worldes. I have the honor to be with the greatest respect Dear Général, Your most Obedient humble Servant
DLC: Papers of George Washington.