George Washington Papers

From George Washington to Jean-Baptiste Donatien de Vimeur, comte de Rochambeau, 19 March 1782

Philada 19th March 1782.


I have been honored with your Excellencys favor of the 27th ulto. Under present appearances I think Genl de Choissy should not move beyond Charlotte Court House—There are several reasons to induce a belief that the enemy mean to evacuate south Carolina and Georgia—If such an event is to take place we must soon know it.

I requested His Excellency the Minister of France to inform you that whenever it became necessary I would meet you at this place—Mount Vernon, exclusive of the happiness of entertaining you at my own House, would be very agreeable to me, but I could not at the opening of the Campaign go so far from the Army.

I congratulate your Excellency upon the total surrender of the Islands of St Kitts and Nevis, which is fully confirmed—Montserrat must I think fall of course—I have also the pleasure to inform you that the Marquis de la Fayette and the Gentlemen who went with him all arrived safe in France after a passage of 22 days.I am &c.

Go: Washington

P.S. I set out for the Army tomorrow.

DLC: Papers of George Washington.

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