Your Favour of the 26 of April I duely received, and it is with the utmost pleasure,
that I am able to inform you, that an Officer of the name of De Fleury, whom I suppose
to be your Son, having never heard of more than one of that name, is in the American
Army under General Washington, to whom he has recommended himself, by his signal Valour
And Activity upon several Occasions.1
He has also recommended himself, so far to Congress, that they have, twice I think,
acknowledged his Bravery, by Votes upon their Journal, in which they have presented
him, with two horses, he having had so many shot under him in Battle. I have not the
honor, personally to know this worthy Officer, but I know enough of his fame to felicitate
you, Sir, and his Mother, upon the honor of having such a Son, and to wish that his
Life and health may be preserved for the Comfort of his Parents and for the honor
and Advantage of the two Countries, now so happily united as Friends and Allies, France
and the United States of America.
I believe, Sir, you may be perfectly easy, about your Sons Subsistance: because his
Pay and Appointments, I believe are sufficient to supply all his Wants of that kind.
I am, Sir, with much respect your most obedient Servant.