George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Jean-Baptiste Donatien de Vimeur, comte de Rochambeau, 22 July 1780

New-Port Rhode Island 22 July 1780


The enemy are doing what they ought to do. Greaves immediately after having joined Arbuthnot comes to cruise before us, with nine or ten ships of the line five frigates and four other small vessels. He moors at present at Block Island, in the object of opposing our designs, and intercepting the 2d division from France. Our dispatch boat charged with letters, and escorted by three frigates, has been obliged to return yester day[   ] by all the enemy’s fleet. I see that it will be good to have cruixers at the ca[j]us of Delaware and Chesapeake, to advertise our second convoy as soon as it shall appear, to debark at the South or at Boston; the former will be best. I pray my General to transmitt this to the chevalier de la Luzerne, that he may act in consequence. We are going to try to convey our letters to France in a vessel from one of the Routs in the State of Boston. I wait here that part of the Bourbonnè which haves fortunately debarked at Boston. We have more than 600 sick, besides 100 which the Bourbonnè left at Boston. The fleet has more than 1000 sailors, and has not hue whenwhith to change them as Greaves did at New-York. A good months refreshment will reestablish the greatest part. I am with respect &c.

L. Cle. De Rochambeau

DLC: Papers of George Washington.

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