Newport May 11th 1781
My son is arrived the day before Yesterday, and Commodore De Barras yesternight. I have decyphered my dispatches and the Commodore’s orders were not to open his, till the 15th of May, at his arrival in rhode island. But I have seen enough by mine to perceive that it is indispensable that we should have a conference with your Excellency as soon as possible. I wait for your answer to my first Letter, that I may know the place and the time fixed by your Excellency. I have the honor to repeat that I believe, the soonest will be best. We must not hope for the Chr De La Luzerne, tho’ I think it would be very usefull, but I shall bring the Chr De Chatellus. I am with respect and personal attachment, Sir, your Excellency’s Most obedient Most humble servant
le cte de rochambeau
P.S. I beg of your Excellency to forward to the Ch. de La Luzerne, with speed, the inclosed Letter.
DLC: Papers of George Washington.