13th Decr 1783.
Your letter of the 11th inst: has been delivered to me—I am extremely sorry to be obliged to deny any request which comes from you; but never having opened a corrispondence with the Minister of War in France, & having refused the like application from other Officers, it is impossible to comply with it in this instance. I shall however be very happy in giving you a Certificate or letter, expressive of my approbation of your services.
I feel myself exceedingly flattered by your proposition of wearing my picture & would sit for you with great pleasure if the multiplicity of business I have to do in a short time would permit me; a good copy may however, be had in Town, & I sincerely wish it may constantly impress on your mind the great regard esteem with which I am &ca &c.
DLC: Papers of George Washington.