George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Jean-Baptiste Donatien de Vimeur, comte de Rochambeau, 10 March 1782

Williamsburgh March the 10th 1782.


The Chevalier DuBouchet is returned from New york with 48 men of the West indies Brigade taken on the Bonnetta. they are in a most miserable Situation both as to cloathing and to their health, Six are dead of the Scurvy, six more were too ill to be transported, that compleats the number of 60, who were taken. as We had sent 104. invalids from Glocester, the English commissary of prisoners has acknowledged himself our debtor for 54, who are not exchanged and who are on parole. I send to your Excellency the nominative Lists of the British Soldiers exchanged against those of the Bonnetta, and of those who remain on parole. Mr Clinton writes me that he would readily have agreed to the exchange proposed by your Excellency of Brigadier General Moultrie against Lord Rawdon, if the exchange of the first had not been already effectuated, but he has yet Brigadier general Scot whom he offers for Lord Rawdon. It will be as your Excellency chuses, either to exchange him or to keep Lord Rawdon’s parole for another occasion.

I send to your Excellency two packetts forwarded me by Lieutenant Governor Jamieson and which I believe are from Mr Jefferson. I wait for news from France and St Kitt’s with the greatest impatience. I am with Respect and personal attachment Sir Your Excellency’s Most obedient & humble Servant

le cCte de Rochambeau

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