Newport November, 16th 1780.
There is arrived at Plymouth a Vessel, 300. Four burden, that has been taken by our Frigates, on the night of the 28. last month The same night that they set sail, It was from Portugal, bound to New york, its cargo consisting of Port wine, Brandy & Lemons. The Count de Custine, Brigadier, The marquis de Laval, The Count de Deux Ponts, Colonels & Major Fleury are the Bearers of this Letter, and are exceeding happy to have it in their power to wait on your Excellency. I am with respect Sir, your Excellency’s most obedient most humble servant
le cte de Rochambeau
DLC: Papers of George Washington.