Princeton, Septer 7th 1782
I have the honor to send to your Excellency a Letter which the chevalier de la Luzerne begs you would send by the Dragoons established on the road to Boston for carrying on the correspondance. It contains a generous offer made by congress to the King of a 74. gun ship.
The News which I have here of the British fleet, are that Admiral Pigot is got into Newyork with very few ships, himself in a bad state of health and that Admiral Hood with the greatest part of the fleet has sailed for halifax. If your Excellency has the same intelligence confirmed, I beg you would send my Letter to Mr De Vaudreuil. It is however certain that Mr Dumas D.Q.M.G. has seen yesterday a great part of the fleet under sail before the hook.
I expect that I shall arrive with the first division on the 14th at haverstraw, the 2d division will arrive on the 15th and I promise to myself a great pleasure in embracing your Excellency. I am with respect and personal attachment Sir, your Excellency’s most obedient & humble Servant
le cte de rochambeau
DLC: Papers of George Washington.