George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Jean-Baptiste Donatien de Vimeur, comte de Rochambeau, 19 October 1780

New port Octr 19 1780


I receive this moment your Excellency’s Letter of the 14th inst. I have nothing new to send word of to you. The Frigate and the Person you know of, are ready to go away, and the Ch. de Ternay waits only for a set in wind, and a pretty fresh one to make them sail away. I beg of your Excellency to send the inclosed Letter to the Ch. de La Luzerne. We have had again a Visit of The Indians, of those who Live about Penobscot. We gave them the same reception, made them the same speech as to former countrymen. as soon as the houses will be in order, I will make use of your Excellency’s permission to put the Troops in New port. as to the Lauzun Cavalry, I believe that I shall be obliged to send it in Connecticut. The neighbouring places to Providence having raised their forage to an extravagant price, and I have desired Colonel Wadsworth whom Your Excellency Loves, and whom I esteem vastly to negotiate that business with Governor Trumbull. That will Leave Providence empty against the arrival of the 2d Division. I am with respect sir, your Excellency’s Most obedient humble servant

Le Cte de Rochambeau

DLC: Papers of George Washington.

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