George Washington Papers

From George Washington to Brigadier General Duportail, 1 March 1781

To Brigadier General Duportail

New Windsor March 1st 81

Dr Sir,

Some unexpected events have determined me suddenly to set out for Rhode Island.1 I depart tomorrow—and dispatch you this to request you will join me there as soon as possible. Your information and advice will be very important to our plans. My stay at Rhode Island will be very short.2

Accept the assurances of the esteem & regard with which I am Dr Sir Yr Most Obed. servt.

Df, in Alexander Hamilton’s writing, DLC:GW; Varick transcript, DLC:GW. Duportail replied to GW on 5 March.

1For the decision of the French commanders to send their full naval squadron and a large corps of troops to Virginia, see Rochambeau to GW, 25 Feb.; see also GW to Rochambeau, 2 March.

2GW wrote this sentence on the draft.

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