George Washington Papers

From George Washington to Marie-Joseph-Paul-Yves-Roch-Gilbert du Motier, marquis de Lafayette, 30 October 1783

Rocky hill 20 Octr 83


I do myself the honor to transmit you herewith a Copy of the Institution of the Cincinnati a Society formed by the American Officers before they Seperated and retired to private life.

the principles of the society the purposes for which it was formed and the qualifications necessary to become Members will fully appear by the Institution—Should any of the Foreign Officers who are qualified by serving three years in our Army wish to become Members—I must take the liberty to request you to let them Sign the Institution and pay the necessary Sum into your hands.

Major L’Enfant who will have the honor to deliver you this—has undertaken to get the Order of the society executed in France. he has directions to deliver you one of the first that are compleated, and you will please also to call on him for as many more as you may want. Maj. L’Enfant will inform you the price of them—the diplomas shall be forwarded as soon as they can be made out. I am &c.


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