The Papers of General Nathanael Greene

From Chevalier de La Luzerne


I have received the letter which you did me the honor to write me the 31st of the month of Decr last. I thank you for the informations it contains & should be happy, if on my part, I could impart anything that was interesting to you; but I have been deprived for some months of Letters from Europe, & Count Rochambeau has no more than myself.
The insurrection of the Pennsylvania line seems to be subsided. It is confidently reported, that a spirit of revolte, still more fatal for the English, has spread itself in their Army, that the hessians declare aloud, that the time of their service is expired, that they are neither cloathed or paid conformably to prom[i]ses, which have been made to them & they add that the ferment hath appeared such, that they have been obliged to break a part of these Corps, & to mix them with the English, to make themselves secure of their fidelity. The German officers equally complain of the little punctuallity with which they have performed the promises made to them.
Colo Laurens & Col Armand are upon the point of their departure for Europe; the first goes to sollicit the succours of the King for the thirteen States. I can answer before hand for the dispositions of his majesty to do every thing in his power in favour of his Allies, but I desire most ardently, Sir, that you would employ all your Cares to convince the heads of the different legislatures, that the States ought to make the same efforts, as if they did not expect any foreign assistance. The enemy have used extraordinary means, but they are their last resources; & their situation is without any comparison more difficult & more embarassed than ours. I have the honor of being with respect and infinite Considerations, Sir

Your most Humble & most Obedient Servant

Le cha la Luzerne

Letter signed (Greene Papers: DLC) 2 pp. (in French); this abstract was taken from a translation by NG's aide, Nathaniel Pendleton (MiU-C).