Whipany’s Camp the 28th of agust 1781 at 8 o Clok in the night
the general Count de Rochambeau Setting out [to go] follow the orders of your Excellency and having assur’d me of your favourable disposition to protect our Bakers in Chatam till we could be done with them. the Intendant told me today that it is a Strong necessitée to keep them till the Second of September on purpose for [to] be able of giving bread to the army which would not be able to got any. I have the honour to beg your Excellency to give the orders that She use necessary to protect our [etablishament] in Chatam till the day mentioned. I am with greatest respect from your Excellency Sir Your most humble Servant.
DLC: Papers of George Washington.