Marblehead 31 May 1781
I had the Honor to receive your Excellencys Letter of the 9th instant, but not till this day. I have for Six weeks past been Confined to my house with a Slow fever, a part of the Time to my bead During which, had no expectations of being able to Joine the Army this Campaign; but Thank God am now geting better; your Excellency may be Assured, I Shall Set off for Camp as Soon as I find myself able, to Prosecute the Journey.
By a Ship which arrived two days Ago; we have the agreeable intilligence, that a fleet of Twenty two Sails of the Line & 200 Transports were arrived at Martineco, from france and that ten days before they arrived, they parted with foure Saile of Line, a number of transports 6000 Troops, on board; bound for Newport. I have the Honor to be Dear Sir your Excellencys Most Obt Hbl. Sert
DLC: Papers of George Washington.