New Port March 10th 1781
Your letter of the 19th Ulto from Newbury port came safe to hand as did one of an earlier date (I think) for when I requested you to purchase a pair of E[pau]lets for me at this place—it was on the presumption that there were French sutlers-- or shopkeepers who abounded in them—as this is not the case, It was not my meaning that you should and I am sorry you did give yourself any further trouble about them, especially as I have, since your departure, supplied myself.
Although the news of Count D’Estaings success was well held, & corroborated by concurring accts, I fear it wants a foundation—it would have been a most fortunate event if it had proved true.
Business brought me to this place on the 6th, and I expect to leave it again (in the course of a day or two) for New Windsor. I am-- Dr Sir Yr Most Obedt Servt