George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Jean-Baptiste Donatien de Vimeur, comte de Rochambeau, 4 August 1781

at Camp August the 4th 1781.


By the Last Letter that I have received from Mr De Choisy, it appears that the Boston Militia are very slow in their moving down to Rhode island. I beg of your Excellency to write again to his Excellency Governor Hancock, to desire him to make them be in a greater hurry. We are now in a time very decisive and Interesting[!] In a month’s time, the Superiority of the seas will be decided between the two fleets, and if Rodney was to arrive first, it would be Suitable and very interesting to the common cause, that our fleet at Rhode island Be supported by all the possible endeavours of Land forces untill the arrival of Count de Grasse. I am with respect and personal attachment Sir, Your Excellency’s most obedient and most humble servant

le Cte de Rochambeau

DLC: Papers of George Washington.

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