Philadelphia January 23th 1783.
I have the honor to Inform your Excellency, that the Count de Rochambeau has veri probably sailed the 15th evening of this month being not to be meet by a [ ] sended to him from Annapolis with some dispatches of the Chevalier de La Luzerne the wind having been much in his favor, I suppose him now perfectly safe from the British Cruitzers.
I take the opportunity to Inform your Excellency that M. de Tarlé Intendant of the french army, agreable to some particulars Instructions from our ministery has judged more proper to remain in America, and to keep with him every part of his Administration: expecting several convoys directed to him in the [ ] America, carrying everi thing necessary for the next Campaign, the Count de Rochambeau’s army being appointed to come back in this continent on the Spring next, if the peace take no place in the course of this winter. M. de Tarlé will aske the orders of your Excellency relating to himself, and to the People employed under his direction.
I will do meself the honor to waiting on your Excellency at his head Quarters in a few days, and nothing can afford me more satisfaction than ani opportunity to schew my peculiar attachement and my admiration to your Excellency. I have the honor to be with the greatest respect Sir, of your Excellency the most obedient and humble Servant
DLC: Papers of George Washington.