George Washington Papers

From George Washington to Jean-Baptiste Donatien de Vimeur, comte de Rochambeau, 28 May 1782

Head Quarters 28th May 1782


I have the Honor of your Letter of the 13th of this Mo.

Since the Information I conveyed to your Excellency, by the Baron Closen, the Amusement of peace held out by our Enemies has been much augmented by the Arrival of Sir Guy Carleton in N. York, who enounces himself as Commander in Chief in America—with powers of Conciliation to these States—pleasg as their first prospect might have been, are now I believe, beginning to be generally viewed in their proper Colours—as merely delusory & vain, & I hope will not be attended with such Consequences as the Enemy seem to flatter themselves with.

The Alliance Frigate you will hear is safe arrived in N. London—a Cutter Also from france, in 25 Days passage, is in at Salem—her Dispaches are gone to Congress—you will probably know their Contents as early as I shall.

Our Accounts of the Action in the W. Indies between the two fleets remain very uncertain & vague—from repeated publications in N. York, compared with those I collected from other parts—I confess I form too many Reasons to fear, that the Matter has not passed so favorably to our friend the Count De Grasse as you seem to imagine—a little Time will disclose the whole to us—& I sincerely hope it may dispell my Apprehensions. I am &c.

DLC: Papers of George Washington.

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