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I have received the letter you did me the honor of writing through Mr. Du Portail on the 9th of last month. I thank you for the details it contained, even though they are so distressing, and those conveyed by General Du Portail are not any less somber. It is essential that these be not hidden, and you can be certain that I will use them. Sir, I congratulate you with all my heart on the victory won by a division from your army. It is the most expedient means to convince the states around you to put you in command of an army that well would be equal to the designs that you are [illegible], and to obtain all the necessary help and support.
You know that the state of Maryland has Joined the confederation, and we expect much from such a patriotic decision. Sir, I have the honor of being with sincere affection,
your very humble and obedient servant.
le Chevalier de la Luzerne
The Papers of General Nathanael Greene,
ed. Dennis Conrad et al.
(Columbia, S.C.: Model Editions Partnership, 1999). Full texts of documents calendared in
The Papers of General Nathanael Greene
(Chapel Hill, N.C.: University of North Carolina Press, 1994), Vol. 7, pp. 152-289. On the Web at http://mep.blackmesatech.com/mep/ [Accessed 9 February 2018]