George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Jean-Baptiste Donatien de Vimeur, comte de Rochambeau, 8 August 1780

à New-port le 8. aoust 1780.

Monsieur

Sur la lettre de votre Excellence du 4. aoust, j’ai pris le parti 1o de renvoyer les milices en leur exprimant toute un reconnoissance. Il en est arrivé quatre fois plus que nous n’en avions demandé. Je dois distinguer à Votre Excellence le Ministre Peter thocker de la paroisee de Stilibourough, qui a amené toute sa paroisse avec trois de ses enfans, laissant la moitié des champs coupés. 2o de garder les recrues de 3. mois du Colonel Green, et de l’Etat deMassachusetts pour achever le fort de how land’s ferry, qui rassurera dans tous les cas possibles notre communication avec le Continent. 3o de les faire travailler de maniere à ne pas interrompre leurs exercices militaires, et Je leur fournirai même quelque poudre à bruler. Je leur ai preté Tentes et marmites du peu que j’en ai de rechange. 4o de garder, Si Vous le trouvez bon, le général Heath dont l’Esprit et l’activité me sont necessaires, pour les intelligences et correspondances avec les Etats Voisins. La flotte angloise mouille à present près l’isle de gardner à la pointe de long-island. Il y a un Vaisseau de ligne et deux fregates qui croisent devant nous. Je une refere à tous ce que l’amiral doit Vous repondre [   ] les invyens de reuniva de cette Escadre av[ec] celle de la 2de division. Je suis &a.

signé le Cte deRochambeau

P.S. de la lettre precédente.

J’ai bien peur que la 2de division qu’on a cru voir au 56e degré de longitude et au 46e de latitude, ne soit un convoi pour quebec qui a été bien houspillé par tous les corsaires de Boston.

Translation

Newport. August the 8th 1780.

Sir

upon my receiving Your Excellency’s Letter of the 4th Inst. I resolved 1st to send back all the militia, after having shewn them all my Gratitude, There came of them, four times as many as we had asked for. I must not omit mentioning to Your Excellency the Minister of Stiliborough Parish Peter Thocker, who brought with him all his Parishioners, and three of his own Children, leaving his harvest half over. 2nd I have kept all the Levies of Colonel Green’s regiment that were listed for three months, and those of the States of Massachusett’s bay to finish and compleat the fort that is at howland’s ferry, and will secure our communication with the Continent. 3rd I make them work in such a manner that their military Duty is not at all interrupted by it, and I will even give them some powder to burn. I have sent them as many tents and Camp kettles as I had in my stores. 4th I shall keep with me, if you think proper, General heath whose ardor, Spirit and activity are absolutely necessary to me for the Intelligences with the Neighbouring States. The English fleet is now Laying off Gardner’s Island, upon the point of Long-island. A man of war and two frigates are cruizing before us. with regard to our Second Division, I refer you to the Letter that the Admiral is to send you including the ways and means by which its junction with this here fleet is to be brought about. I am with respect Your Excellency’s Most obedient, and most humble servant

le Cte de Rochambeau

I fear much lest the 2d division which they say, has been seen in Longitude 56. and Latitude 46, be a convoy for Quebec which all the Privateers from Boston have fallen on, and scattered sadly.

DLC: Rochambeau Papers.

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