Newport 28th August 1780.
I arrived from Providence last night, where I had gone to see our Hospital. It is owing to Your Excellency’s orders and goodness, and to the case of those employed in it, that it is one of the finest ever I saw. I then Learned that the Mountain had brought forth a Mouse! Yesterday and to Day The British fleet has been seen, 26, in number, several of them Transports, they were riding between Elizabeth Island and the Vineyard Nine Days ago. Major General sent word to the inhabitants to be on the watch and to secure their cattle in the Continent. I am wholly ignorant of what they have done, it is thought here they are disaffected to the Common cause. I am with respect, Sir, Your Excellency’s Most obedient humble servant
le cte de Rochambeau
DLC: Papers of George Washington.