Brest June 11th 1783
My furst, and most agreable duty is to acquaint your Excellency with my safe arrival in that harbour after a passage of 31 days. I shall during my whole life, keep the most grateful remembrance of your kindness to me; I could never feel myself happy without the hope, to pay my respects to Mrs Washington and to your Excellency in Virginia.
I beg leave to your Excellency to present my best Compliments to the Gentleman of your family. I have the honor to be with the warmest respect, and admiration Dear Général, your most obedient humble Servant
DLC: Papers of George Washington.