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AL : American Philosophical Society Le Cte. de Rochambeau prie Monsieur Le Docteur francklin de vouloir bien faire passer la lettre ci-jointe à Mr. le chr. de La Luzerne par la premiere occasion The only extant letter to BF from the victor at Yorktown.
Les ordres du roy mon maitre m’ammenent aux ordres ’de votre excellence, j’y arrive avec toute, La Soumission tout Le zele et toute la veneration que j’ai pour votre personnes et pour Les talents distingùes que vous montrez a Soutenir une guerre a jamais memorables. Depuis le depart de Mr DeLa Fayette, il nous est arrivé beaucoup de contrádictions. Le Depart de Mr De Guichen avoit degarni le...
The enemy are doing what they ought to do. Greaves immediately after having joined Arbuthnot comes to cruise before us, with nine or ten ships of the line five frigates and four other small vessels. He moors at present at Block Island, in the object of opposing our designs, and intercepting the 2d division from France. Our dispatch boat charged with letters, and escorted by three frigates, has...
J’avoue a votre Excellence que si l’ennemi eut été plus vif a son arrivée, il nous eut un peu embarrassé, 1500 malades sur La flotte, 800 des Troupes de terre, quelque artillerie de campagne debarquée, pas un canon de siege, qui etoient au fond des calles. Nous finies des Demonstrations de Troupes, ils nous donnerent 24. heures, 8 pieces de siege, 4 mortiers furent mis en batterie au Goulet,...
Mr De La Fayette a rendu compte a votre Excellence de tous Les avis que nous sont arrives par Le Gouverneur de Connecticut, Les Generaux detachés de votre armée sur La rive gauche de La riviere du Nord, a portee d’observer le Sund; enfin par votre adjudant de Confiance que Clinton S’embarquoit avec un gros corps de Troupes pour venir nous visiter, La position de leur flotte toujours mouillée a...
Four Days are now past, since the wind is good for Clinton to arrive if he chuses, and I begin to despair of seeing him come here. We are ready to receive him well. A considerable number of the rhode--island and Massachuset’s states militia is arrived here. I have agreed with Major General Heath to keep 3500 of them for the intrenched camp and for the fort at howlands ferry, to assure and...
Sur la lettre de votre Excellence du 4. aoust, j’ai pris le parti 1o de renvoyer les milices en leur exprimant toute un reconnoissance. Il en est arrivé quatre fois plus que nous n’en avions demandé. Je dois distinguer à Votre Excellence le Ministre Peter thocker de la paroisee de Stilibourough, qui a amené toute sa paroisse avec trois de ses enfans, laissant la moitié des champs coupés. 2o de...
Je soumets comme de raison a Votre Excellence mes idees et mon obeissance a ses ordres, mais puisqu’elle desire que je Lui donne mon opinion La voici, je ne pense pas que L’on puisse faire aucune entreprise sur New-york et Long-island sans une superiorité maritime. Le Cas de L’offensive dans cette partie peut s’offrir de trois manieres. 1º. L’arrivée de la 2de Division avec des forces...
I have no new intelligence to give to your Excellency, a Man of war and Two Frigates are stationed on a cruise, before us, and every day succeed one another. The rest of the fleet is anchored at the point of Long-island. Flag rc from the admirals have been sent and have crossed one another, it was about Prisonners to be exchanged. Admiral Graves has made a Prize much richer than the three we...
I have nothing new to inform Your Excellency of. There are always cruizing before us, one Ship of the Line and two Frigates that at night go towards the place where the fleet is anchored, off Gardner’s Island. I am wholly ignorant if the marquis de La Fayette has communicated to Your Excellency an answer I made him to a very voluminous dispatch I had from him, in which there is not the Least...
The English fleet has unmoored, the Day before Yesterday, from Gardner’s island, where it had been taking in Wood and water, and has been cruising yesterday before New London. It is said that they expected for General Clinton’s Land forces, they seem not to have given over their project of Embarking them. I have no faith to that 2d part of the News, which came to me From New London, as I have...
It is with a great pleasure, that I inform Your Excellency, of the arrival of the Frigate The Alliance , at Boston. You will see in the Newspapers herein included, the news that she brings. they are all very good; All I fear, is least the Departure of the 2d Division should not have taken place, until the Junction of the Spanish fleet, that was not effectuated, when the Frigate set sail. She...
The Major of our Artillery who is just returned from Boston told me that Mr De Bougibault aide-de camp to the Marquis de La Fayette had got dispatches for him, for Mr De La Luzerne and for all this army, that he is to bring them, as soon as he hath brought horses, not chusing to trust them to any body he says further that an officer had come to L’ orient , to get on board the frigate L’...
Your Excellency’s favor of the 21st instant, I just now received, together with advices from the Generals on this side Hudson’s river, opposite to the Sund, giving a sure intelligence of Mr Clinton’s imbarking a considerable number of Troops. I have another Letter from Stonington, advising the English fleet of the Line having been seen W.S.W. Mouctun’s point, on Sunday Last on its way to Sandy...
I this moment receive your Excellency’s Letter of the 26th. Your Excellency needs not be uneasy about your dispatch of the 21st. I had already accused the reception of it, the 25th instant, and by comparing together all your Dispatches, I cannot see which should be wanting. I am with respect Sir, Your Excellency’s most obedient humble servant P.S. You mention mine of the 20th and 21st being...
I arrived from Providence last night, where I had gone to see our Hospital. It is owing to Your Excellency’s orders and goodness, and to the case of those employed in it, that it is one of the finest ever I saw. I then Learned that the Mountain had brought forth a Mouse! Yesterday and to Day The British fleet has been seen, 26, in number, several of them Transports, they were riding between...
Before yesterday, I received a Deputation composed of 19. Indians of Different nations who have been led here by Mr Deane, and who have been sent me by Mr Schuyler from Albany. his Letter was addressed to The Marquis de La Fayette, and to Me, in his absence; that induced me to open it. I received them most heartily, I showed them Yesterday the French Troops mixed with the American, I put some...
Un Vaisseau qui vient d’arriver á philadelphie, est parti du Port–au–Prince, et a apporté des lettres à plusieurs particuliers de cette Ville, que le Cte de Guichon avec 23. Vaisseaux de ligne, et 10. fregates, étoit parti du Cap français, ayant Sous Son escorte 148. Vaisseaux marchands allant en Europe, il devoit les envoyer jusqu’à une certaine latitude et envoyer M. de La Motte Piquet avec...
By a Vessel from Boston, that passed by the Vineyard, I hear that the English fleet sailed off, Southwestward, on the 30th P.M. which account confirms my Last Letter saying that they had not appeared since that time. I had not spoken to Your Excellency about the works going on at Howland’s ferry, to assure our communication with the Continent, because the militia have been very slow at it, and...
Your Excellency’s favor of the 3d instant, I received to day at 12. o’clock, I must own to your Excellency that I cannot believe Mr Clinton’s having taken it again in his head to come to attack us, and I can say, without any great presumption, that if he does, he will repent of it. A Truce flag, that has brought here Prisoners, To the Chevalier de Ternay has told to an officer of his ship,...
We have intelligence by several ships that are entered in differents ports, that they have been convoyed by the fleet of Mr De Guichen of 26. ships of the Line, as far as the 25th Degree. I saw this morning a Captain of a Schooner that came in this morning who says that he had spoken to him, and been on board the admiral ship, When they were at the 23d degree, that he has seen him and the...
According to your Excellency’s orders, The Admiral and I will wait for them at Hartford, on the 20th instant. I keep it under the greatest secresy, as your Excellency wishes. The bad News that your Excellency has received From South-Carolina affect me very sensibly. I doubt very much that Clinton should take his Troops to send them to Virginy, as Long as we will be here in situation to...
Your Excellency’s favor of the 11th inst. I received at noon. The Ch. de Ternay and I are always in the intention to wait for your orders, on the Day and at the place prescribed. We keep it a most profound secret from every body. I believe that the fleet that Chased the vessel that got into New-york, and whose captain has thought that it was the 2d Division, is only Arbuthnot’s fleet, which...
I received this day at 12. o clock, Your Excellency’s Letter of the 13th inst. According to your orders, the Admiral and I will defer our Journey till to be there on the 25th. We were to set out to morrow, under the supposition that I was Comed to Providence to shew the Admiral our hospital. I have nothing new to inform you of; if the embarkation of the Enemy is to come and see us, I hope we...
Summary of a Conversation between His Excellency General Washington, The Count de Rochambeau, & the Chevalier De Ternay— exclusive of the contents of the paper dated at Hartford the 22d Septr 1780. Signed by the parties. It was agreed that if the Count De Guichen should arrive by the beginning of October and a naval engagement should immediately take place, in which by a fortunate issue, the...
With the greatest impatience, I wait till I hear from Your Excellency, I hope that your army will have seen you returned in good health. At my return here, I found that our fleet had been warmly alarmed at Sir George Rodney’s arrival; which has produced good effect in making them add to their precautions in fortifying the Islands and considerably bettering the batteries on them, But one thing...
I receive just now, your Excellency’s Letter of the 26th instt, and am exceeding happy to hear of your safe arrival to your army, in good health. I am uncertain whether I am to be sorrowful, or whether I should not Congratulate your Excellency upon the Discovery of that horrid plot of Arnold’s. Whoever, this plainly shews that the Divine Providence is favorable to Us and to our Cause, which I...
In our Last conference, your Excellency asked me and took a note of the artillery of the army; I thought you would have proposed to me the asking our Government the Double of the artillery of Siege, to undertake that of Newyork. As your Excellency appeared satisfied with it, I dared not make any questions about the Artillery of Our Allies, and I thought it was sufficient, to stand in room of...
A Very severe storm has yesternight been agitating our ships and our Tents. This day which proves a fine one, will allow us to repair all the Little mischiefs that it can have occasioned. It is thought that the Ennemy has suffered a great deal more in Gardner’s bay. I will wait for Your Excellency’s orders to put the Troops in New port in Winter quarters, when the houses will be ready, and I...
With the Greatest pleasure, I received to day Your Excellency’s Letter of the 10th instt. I was in the Greatest uneasiness, at my not having received any news from you since your Last of the 26th of Last month. I was sorry for your Excellency that in spite of the goodness of your caracter, you had been forced to make a necessary example, upon the Young Major André. I wait with the greatest...