Newport July 31. 1780 6 o Clock P.M.
About noon his Excellency General Count de Rochambeau received your Letter announcing that Sir Henry Clinton might be expected this way about the same time I received similar intelligence from General Howe, Governor Trumbull General Parsons &c.
The militia were immediately remanded, and every preparation is making to give the Enemy a proper Reception. I have the honor to be With the greatest Respect Your Excellencys Most obedient Servant
DLC: Papers of George Washington.