George Washington Papers

From George Washington to Jean-Baptiste Donatien de Vimeur, comte de Rochambeau, 10 October 1780

Head Quarters Prackness Octr 10th 1780


I have duly received your Excellency’s favours of the 25th and 30th of Septembr and am much obliged to you for the different informations you do me the honor to communicate. We have to regret that this Campaign has not been productive of such important advantages as we had reason to flatter ourselves, but we must hope for better successes the next. The operation of the Spaniards in the Floridas will be an useful diversion to the Southern States, if it can be vigorously prosecuted; but I confess while the Enemy have a Naval superiority in America I am not sanguine about any enterprise which is connected with Maritime dispositions.

I entirely approve of the detention of Greene’s Regiment, and I entreat you to keep it as long as you think its services can be interesting.

Your Excellency will have heard of the execution of the British Adjutant General. The circumstances he was taken in justified it; and policy required a sacrifice; but as he was more unfortunate than criminal in the affair, and as there was much in his character to interest, while we yeilded to the necessity of rigor, we could not but lament it.

I have detached two Divisions of the Army to West Point, and removed the remainder to this Post, at a greater distance from the Enemy. With every sentiment of attachment, I have the honour to be, Your Excellency’s Most Obedient Servant

Go: Washington

[P.S.] I take the [lib]erty of asking [your] Excellency’s [passag]e of the inclosed [lette]r to Doctr Franklin

Go: W—n

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