Newport January 26th 1781
This very instant, I receive your Excellency’s Letter of the 9th currtt. I have the honor to inform you of the arrival of our two frigates from Boston, together with the Transport L’isle de France, loaded with various supplies necessary for the fleet. these vessels had put to sea on the 10th, have been beaten very severely beaten by three different hard gales, and we were very much concerned about them. The Chevalier Destouches appears quite decided to send off in a short time two frigates.
1. to carry arms that are on board a vessel at New London for the State of Virginia.
2. to cruise at the entry of Chesapeak bay and thereby render the communication of the Ennemy with the South more uncertain. I sollicit him to add to the number, one line of battle ship, good Sailor, but he with difficulty can agree to it. I think it is the only service we can in this moment render to the Southern States.
I wait with much impatience to Learn that the motion of the Pennsylvania Line is intirely quieted, and I wish Sincerely that Your Excellency may have an moment of tranquility that may allow you to come to visit this part of your Excellency’s army. I am with respect and personal attachment, Sir, Your Excellency’s Most obedient and humble Servant
le Cte de Rochambeau
DLC: Papers of George Washington.