Sender: George Washington
Recipient: Richard Henry Lee
Morristown, May 10, 1777.Dear Sir:
This letter will be delivered to you, by the Chevalier
Dannemours,1 who, if I am not mistaken in my
judgment, has something more in view than preferment. In the course of
two days conversation with him, he appears to me, to be a man of
superior abilities to the common run of his countrymen, who have
visited us. He is sensible and judicious, and as far as I am capable of
judging, well instructed in the political and commercial principles of
most European states. He has letters of recommendation from Dr.
Franklin, professes to be a warm friend to the rights of mankind, and,
as such, ready to give any aid in his power to the cause we are engaged
I mean this is a letter of introduction only, and am,
1 Chevalier D’Anmours. He did not succeed in obtaining a place in the Army,
but became French consul in Maryland.
2 The text is from Memoir of the Life of Richard Henry Lee
and His Correspondence.