To the Comte de Vergennes
LS:7 Archives du Ministère des affaires étrangères; copy: Library of Congress
Passy Nov. 19. 1781.
I have the honour of sending to your Excellency some Advices I have just received.8 As the Letter from Virginia was received at New-Caste,9 a Town on the Delaware 40 Miles below Philadelphia, and probably after the Date of your Letters from thence, perhaps you may not have heard before, that M. De Barras had joined M. de Grasse,1 and that the Northern Troops under the Generals Rochambeau and Washington, had joined the Marquis de la Fayette, & invested Cornwallis at York.—
I am, with Respect, Sir, Your Excellency’s most obedient and most humble Servant
His Exy Count de Vergennes
Endorsed: M. de R2 Rep
7. In WTF’s hand except for the last six words of the complimentary close, which are in BF’s hand.
8. He sent an extract from Barclay’s Nov. 15 letter, above, and a copy of its enclosure (AAE).
9. The copy has New Castle spelled correctly.
1. See XXXV, 566n.
2. Premier commis Joseph-Mathias Gérard de Rayneval handled Vergennes’ American correspondence.