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TO THE PRESIDENT OF CONGRESS.
The bearer, Mons. M. Martin de la Balme, has long served with reputation in the armies of France as a Captain of Cavalry, and is now advanced to the rank of a Lt Colonel ; he has made military discipline his study, and has written on the subject to good acceptance ; he now generously offers his services to the United States of North America, and asks of me what I most cheerfully grant, a letter to you and his passage, confident he may be of very great service, if not in the general army, yet in those Colonies which are raising and disciplining cavalry. I have only to add that he is in good esteem here, and is well recommended, to which I am persuaded he will do justice.
I have the honor to be, etc.
- Silas Deane
- The Diplomatic Correspondence of the American Revolution. Vol. I., Jared Sparks, 1829