Newport 29th 8ber 1780
The Frigates and the person you know set sail yesterday under a very strong North East wind. May Almighty God conduct them, and may they arrive safe at their destination. I believe that the English fleet that was before us is returned to Sandy-hook; There is no appearance of its having got into Gardner’s Bay, because the Ships that were left there, according to the reports from New London, had set sail, the 26th inst. to Join them. a Flag that has brought here the prisoners of a Privateer that Carries Your Excellency’s name that has been taken by the Enemy eight days since, is commanded by the same Lieutenant of Arbuthnot that we had already seen. He has told us that Rodney was Labouring at New-york under the; V—l Distemper, that he waited for the Cork fleet to have salt provisions, and that he was after that to go back to the Leeward islands. The Governor Trumbull is very willing to receive at Lebanon Lausun’s cavalry, and I expect to make him go there Directly. I am with respect Sir your Excellency’s most obedient and humble servant
le Cte de Rochambeau
DLC: Papers of George Washington.