Head Quarters Newburgh December 29th 1782
My dear Sir
It is with infinite satisfaction I embrace the earliest opportunity of sending to Philadelphia the Cannon which Congress were pleased to present to your Excellency in testimony of their Sense of the illustrious part you bore in the capture of the British Army under Lord Cornwallis at York in Virginia.
The Carriages will follow by another Conveyance; but as they were not quite ready, I could not resist the pleasure, on that account, of forwarding these Pieces to Your Excellency previous to your departure, in hopes the Inscriptions and Devices as well as the Execution may be agreeable to your Wishes. With Sentiments of perfect respect and Esteem I have the honor to be—Sir Yr Excellencys Most Obedt Servt
DLC: Rochambeau Papers.