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1[Diary entry: 23 May 1781] (Washington Papers)
23d. Count de Rochambeau set out on his Return to Newport, while I prepared and forwarded dispatches to the Governors of the four New England States calling upon them in earnest & pointed terms, to compleat their Continental Battalions for the Campaign, at least, if it could not be done for the War or 3 Years—to hold a body of Militia (according to the Proportion given them) ready to march in...
I am sorry that the unexpected appearance of the British Fleet off the Harbour of New port deprived me of the pleasure of meeting you at this place—I must refer you to His Excellency the Count de Rochambeau for the plan of operations which has been settled between us and have the honor to be with very great consideration Yr Excellency’s Most obt Servt. DLC : Papers of George Washington.
Having given communication to the Count de Barras of my instructions, I have observed to him 1 st Rochambeau That General Washington in the last conference we had here six Weeks ago, desired earnestly that the Squadron should transport all the French Corps, with all its Artillery, Baggage, and munitions to Chesapeake Bay, and that I did not doubt but His Excellency would desire it again as the...
The letter which I have the honor to inclose from the Count de Rochambeau will, I imagine, inform your Excellency of the intended march of the French Army towards the North River and the destination of the Kings Squadron now is the Harbour of New port, if circumstances will admit of the respective movements. I should be wanting in respect and confidence were I not to add that our object is New...
I have recd your fav’r of the 21st: If it be reduced to a certainty that the enemy are making another embarkation, I shall not think a total evacuation of New York is improbable, except they hold us in a light more contemptable than I can suppose they do, or unless they look for speedy reenforcements, of which from the latest European intelligences, there were no appearances. I shall probably...