[dateline] The Hague, 7 December 1781
I have received, sir, the letter which you have done me the honor to write me, and
the copy which you have been so good as to address to me, of the resolutions taken
on the 16th of last August by the congress of the United States of North America.
I flatter myself, sir, that you have no doubt of my earnestness to concert with you
such ulterior measures as those resolutions may require, as soon as the king shall
have authorized me; but until his majesty shall have transmitted to me his orders
in this respect, I can only reiterate to you the assurance of my zeal for everything
that interests the common cause of France and the United States of North America,
as well as that of the particular satisfaction, which my relations with you will in
all circumstances afford me.
[salute] I have the honor to be sir, with the inviolable sentiments of the most distinguished
consideration, your most humble and most obedient servant
[signed] Le Duc De La vauguyon