at Camp the 21st of July 1781.
I have the honor to send to your Excellency your Letter for Count de Grasse translated—I have endeavoured to do it as Litterally as possible. I have, by desire of General Rochambeau, cyphered a few Lines which might have given an insight into the operations alluded to in the Letter. I hope your Excellency will be contented; that will always be my chiefest ambition. I am with great respect, Sir, your Excellency’s most obedient and most humble servant
DLC: Papers of George Washington.