George Washington Papers

From George Washington to Jean-Baptiste Donatien de Vimeur, comte de Rochambeau, 27 June 1781

Camp near Peekskill 27th June 1781


I have had the Honor of receiving your Excellency’s Favor of the 23d Inst. from Hartford. It would have given me the greatest Pleasure could I have made it convenient to have met you at Newtown...but independant of many Arrangements which are necessary at the first taking the Field, I am detained by the hourly Expectation of His Excellency the Chevr de le Luzerne.

I am pleas’d to find that your Excellency’s Idea of the Position which will be proper for the Troops under your Comand coincides exactly with my own—and I shall be happy in giving your Quarter Master Genl every Assistance in reconnoitering & markg out your Camp.

You have inclosed the Copy of a piece of Intelligence which I have just received from the Minister; & as it is necessary that the Count de Barras should be made acquainted with it, I have transmitted him a Copy also—I flatter myself that the Number of which the Reinforcement is said to consist, is exaggerated.

Lieut. Colo. Cobb one of my Aids de Camp will have the Honor of delivering this; and will return to me with any Dispatch or message which your Excellency may wish to comunicate. or should you rather incline to come forward from Newtown, before the army, Colo. Cobb will proceed to attend you.

I will be much Obliged to your Excellency, to present the Count de Barras, by the next Opportunity you may have to address him, with my sincere Thanks, for the Readiness with which he was pleased to embrace the Proposition I had the Honor to make to him, thro your Excellency. I have the Honor to be with the most perfect Esteem & Regard sir Your Excellency’s Most Obedient and very humble Servant

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