George Washington Papers

From George Washington to Paul-François-Jean-Nicolas, comte de Barras, 15 August 1781


Augt 15th 1781.

The sentiments contained in the foregoing letter perfectly accords with my opinion, and I am more inclined to adopt them, as we have seen in the British Gazettes accounts of a Squadron under the command of Admiral Digby said to be intended to reinforce the British fleets in these Seas—Should this Squadron actually arrive—form a junction with Admiral Rodney & Graves—and find the French Naval force seperated, it might, eventually, prove fatal to the fleets of his most Christian Majesty commanded by the Count de Grasse & yourself—I cannot avoid repeating, therefore, in earnest terms the request of the Count de Rochambeau that you would form the junction, & as soon as possible, with the Count de Grasse in Chesapeak bay. With much respect I am Sir Yr most Obt Servt

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