George Washington Papers

From George Washington to Anne-César, chevalier de La Luzerne, 5 August 1780

Head Quarters Peeks Kill 5th Augt 1780


The Count De Rochambeau being too much engaged to write to your Excellency, when the last express came away has requested me to give you an account of his present dispositions—which you will find in the enclosed copy of his letter of the 30th of July. In the letter I did myself the honor of writing to you yesterday, I omitted sending you a detail of the enemy’s naval force with Arbuthnot; because I took it for granted you were in possession of full information upon this article. But as it possibly may not be the case, I send you a list, which I believe you may rely on as accurate. With every sentiment of perfect Respect and attachment, I have the honor to be Your Excellency Most Obedient Humble Servant

Go. Washington

P.S. The Marquis De Lafayette writes me that the Chevalier de Ternay intends immediately to write to the Count De Guichen by way of Philadelphia and suggest the propriety of having two or three fast sailing vessels ready to convey the dispatches.

AAE: Memoires et Documents, Etats-Unis.

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