From Richard Claiborne
Williamsburg. 14th. March 1781
As the intelligence which I conveyed to your Excellency last evening respecting the arrival of the Marquis and his Troops was not delivered to me officially, I hope it will apologize for my not being more particular. The Baron has now returned from York town and informs that a party of thirty men arrived at that place who left the Marquis and his troops a little below the mouth of Patuxen the night before last, that they had been put to considerable inconvenience on account of the heavy winds, but were making all the dispatch possible.
I have the honor to be yr. Excellency’s most obt. Servant,
RC (Vi); Addressed, in part: “Mr. Nichols Exps.”; endorsed, in part: “deld. at six o’Clk. [p.m.? See TJ to Lafayette, 14 Mch.] 14th. March.”
The arrival of the Marquis: Lafayette arrived at Yorktown, without his troops, before TJ received this letter. On 14 Mch. he wrote to Steuben from that place announcing his arrival and expressing his eagerness to talk with Steuben (Charlemagne Tower, The Marquis de La Fayette, 2d ed., Philadelphia, 1901, ii, 243, where Lafayette’s letter to Steuben is printed in full).