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Bergen County [ New Jersey ] September 12, 1780 . Reviews military situation in America. Insists that assistance from French fleet is needed in order to act decisively against the enemy. Emphasizes importance to France of a British defeat in America. Df , in writing of H, George Washington Papers, Library of Congress.
The Marquis De la Fayette arrived in America in april last charged by the Court of France, to announce to me its intentions to send a fleet and army to cooperate with the troops of these States. Foreseeing that this succour would not have the intended effect, from an insufficiency of the naval force, which would probably be found inferior to the enemy, I requested the Marquis to represent to...