May it please Your Excellency:
I beg you would favor me with a letter recommendatory to the Continental Congress and to his Excellency Genl. Washington, also of the same nature a letter to Monsr. DeJertun, Minister of the Marine in France. As I have resolved something in my mind for the advantage of Congress, which I shall communicate to your Excellency on some future day. I beg you would be mindful of me, & give me permission to write to your Excellency, you will excuse my not riding up to visit your good Lady and family as I shall certainly do myself the honor of waiting on them before I return to France. If I can be of any service to you I very gladly should embrace the opportunity. I have the honor to represent by petition to the General Assembly and by another to the Council the damage I have sustained by the deformation of the Regiment; of a certainty I have expended more than 10 thousand pounds. If I can by any means be reimbursed, I shall be under the greatest obligations—I likewise send you my commission, and request another with the great seal-affixed, likewise all those letters recommendatory which have been requested by the Gentlemen officers of my late Regiment. Your Excellency I am your most huml. servt.
At New Bern, Sept. 20th 1778.
I have the honor to do you observe, that it is been put in the Gazette that the Regiment has been broke'd and not reformed, as that is a great one dishonor in France to be broke'd the officers and me also do you pray to certify the way of the Resolution of the great Assembly. I send to you by this present, & please to
Mr. DeCarouet have lost his commission and also Mr. Sureau, if you will be so kind to send them another they will be oblige to you as I will myself.