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Letter from the Hugh Williamson and William Blount to Anne-Cesar La Luzurne, Chevalier de La Luzerne
Williamson, Hugh, 1735-1819; Blount, William, 1749-1800
August 14, 1782
Volume 16, Page 859



We observe with the utmost satisfaction that the General Assemblies of almost every State in the Union have been pleased to assure you and through you to assure his most Christian Majesty of the sincere pleasure they have received from the Birth of an Heir to the Crown of France.

The General Assembly of North Carolina are among the few who have not addressed you on this auspicious occasion but they would be wounded by the most transient suspicion that such a delay had arisen from the want of Gratitude or affection to his most Christian Majesty. It was their misfortune that during their last Session in April they had received no official information of the birth of a Dauphin, therefore they would take no public notice of that fortunate event, but fame had circulated the intelligence: It was universally believed; and we beg leave to assure you from our own knowledge for we attended the whole sitting of the Assembly that the pleasing report of the birth of a Heir to the crown of France was received with the most cordial pleasure by the Citizens of North Carolina. It filled every Countenance with Joy and every heart with gladness. Every Man found himself personally concerned in an event which contributes so much to the happiness of a people they esteem and a Monarch they will constantly revere.

We request, you would do us the Justice to believe that the Citizens of North Carolina will not fail to pray that the Supreme Ruler of the Universe may prosper and preserve the Dauphin and his Royal Parents, for we are fully convinced that under God we are indebted for our early deliverance, the preservation of our Liberty & establishment of our Independence to the generous interposition of his most Christian Majesty and the persevering valour of the French Nation.

We have the honor to be, &c.,
To The Chev. de la Luzerne.

Additional Notes for Electronic Version: According to the Letters of Delegates to Congress, this letter was written by Williamson and Blount in 1782.