George Washington Papers

From George Washington to Paul-François-Jean-Nicolas, comte de Barras, 13 June 1781

Head Quarters New Windsor 13th June 1781.


I had yesterday the honor of receiving your Excellency’s letter of the 9th instant accompanied by the result of the second Council of War. I have so great a respect for the opinions of the Gentlemen who composed it, that I should have been satisfied, had they barely mentioned that they had, upon a reconsideration of the subject, thought it most conducive to the common interest to adhere to their former determination; but the new arguments which have been introduced in favor of the detention of the Fleet at Newport, aided by those expressed by your Excellency in your letter, leave me no room to doubt of the propriety of the measure. I feel very sensibly and I beg you will make my acknowledgements to the Gentlemen of the Marine for the reasons which induced them, personally, to wish to remain in the Road of Newport rather than remove to that of Boston.

I shall be happy to have it in my power to congratulate you upon the safe arrival of your whole Convoy—His Excellency The Count de Rochambeau informs me in a letter of a later date than yours that they had not all got into port. I have the honor to be with very high Esteem Yr Excellency’s Most [obt] and Hble servt.

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