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Washington, George (1732-1799) to Pierre Charles L'Enfant

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02437.09393 Author/Creator: Washington, George (1732-1799) Place Written: s.l. Type: Manuscript letter signed Date: 16 October 1783 Pagination: 1 p. : docket ; 22.9 x 19 cm.

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02437.09393 Author/Creator: Washington, George (1732-1799) Place Written: s.l. Type: Manuscript letter signed Date: 16 October 1783 Pagination: 1 p. : docket ; 22.9 x 19 cm.

Summary of Content: Grants permission to Major L'Enfant, of the Corps of Engineers, to be absent from his Corps until the first day of May 1784, so L'Enfant may travel to France for "his own private affairs." Includes the original red seal of what appears to be the coat of arms of the Washington family.

Background Information: Signer of the U.S. Constitution.

Full Transcript: Permission is hereby granted to Mr. L' Enfant Major of the Corps of Engineers in the service of the United States to be absent from his Corps untill the first ...day of May next - for the purpose of going to France on his own private affairs -
Given under my hand
and Seal the 16 Octr. 1783 -
Go: Washington

By His
Excellencys Command
[docket]
Major L Enfants permission
to go to France - 16 October
1783
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People: L'Enfant, Pierre Charles, 1754-1825
Washington, George, 1732-1799

Historical Era: The New Nation, 1783-1815

Subjects: FrancePresidentRevolutionary WarRevolutionary War GeneralMilitary HistoryContinental ArmyArchitecture

Sub Era: Creating a New Government

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