George Washington Papers

From George Washington to Major General Lafayette, 1 August 1780

To Major General Lafayette

Peeks-kill 1st Augt 1780

We are thus far, my dear Marquiss, ⟨o⟩n our way to New-York. Tomorrow the whole army was to have taken up its line of march, and would have moved with all the rapidity in our power to this object, had we not a few hours since received advice from the Sound, dated yesterday that the fleet of transports had put back, and were steering westward.1 Col. Sheldon by a letter come to hand this instant, writes me to the same effect.2 We shall, therefore, govern our subsequent motions agreeably to our original plan.3

The express which takes this, comes from the minister,4 and only leaves me time to beg you to communicate to the Comte De Rochambeau and the Chevalier de Ternay, the force of this information, and to tell you that I am most affectionately, my dear Marquiss your friend & hble st


Df, in James McHenry’s writing, DLC:GW; Varick transcript, DLC:GW.

1For this intelligence, see Robert Howe to GW, this date, and n.3 to that document. For the marching orders, see General Orders, this date; see also General Orders, 2 August.

3For the return to the original plan of operations, see GW to Rochambeau, 27 July (second letter), n.3; see also General Orders, 3 August.

4GW is referring to French minister La Luzerne.

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