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I have the honor of imparting to your Excellency the arrival of the King's fleet, charged by his Majesty with the glorious task of giving his allies, the United States of America, the most striking proofs of his affection. Nothing will be wanting to my happiness, if I can succeed in it. It is augmented by the consideration of concerting my operations with a General such as your Excellency. The talents and great actions of General Washington have insured him, in the eyes of all Europe, the title, truly sublime, of Deliverer of America. Accept, Sir, the homage that every man, that every military man, owes you ; and be not displeased that I solicit, even in the first moment of intercourse, with military and maritime frankness, a friendship so flattering as yours. I will try to render myself worthy of it by my respectful devotion for your country. It is prescribed to me by orders, and my heart inspires it.
I have the honor of rendering an account to Congress of the letter I write to your Excellency. M. de Chouin, Major of Infantry in the King's service, has orders to present you this. I pray you to grant the most extensive confidence to all this officer shall tell you on my part. He is a near relation to M. de Sartine. This Minister has been long since known for his attachment to the common cause. It is less the desire of pleasing a statesman, honored with the confidence of the King, which has determined me to send to you M. Chouin, than an opinion of his military knowledge, the clearness of his ideas, and the precision with which he will communicate mine. I beseech you to grant him your kindness. I have the honor to be, with respect, Sir, your Excellency's Most humble and most obedient servant,