George Washington Papers

From George Washington to Conrad Alexandre Gérard de Rayneval, 29 October 1783

Rocky hill in New Jersey 29th October 1783


The Officers of the American Army, to perpetuate those friendships which have been formed during a time of common danger and distress, and for other purposes mentioned in the Institution, did before their seperation associate themselves into a society of Friends under the name of the Cincinnati; and having done me the honor to elect me their President General, it becomes a pleasing part of my duty to acquaint you, that the society have done themselves the honor to enroll your name among their Members.

Major L’Enfant, who will have the honor to deliver you this Letter, is charged by the Society with the execution of their Order in France, and has directions to furnish you with one of the first that are compleated, and so soon as the Diploma can be made out, I shall do myself the honor to transmit it to you. With the greatest consideration, respect and esteem—I have the honor to be Sir Your most Obedient and most humble Servant

Go: Washington

Sent also to Comte de Grasse, Comte d’Estaign, Comte de Barras, Chevalier Destouches and Comte de Rochambeau.


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