Newport, Septer 9th 1780
We have intelligence by several ships that are entered in differents ports, that they have been convoyed by the fleet of Mr De Guichen of 26. ships of the Line, as far as the 25th Degree. I saw this morning a Captain of a Schooner that came in this morning who says that he had spoken to him, and been on board the admiral ship, When they were at the 23d degree, that he has seen him and the Merchant fleet disemboguing under his convoy, as far as the 25. and 26th Degree. he says that the admiral knew that a Superior fleet was blocking us up, here; Is it that the Spaniards were not ready for their expedition, or that he has thought that he could come as far as this, or that that he only wanted to set the merchant fleet out of the streights. Your Excellency may, upon that, make the conjectures that you please. Yesterday we saw a Frigate a cruizing. The Chevalier De Ternay has been told that the British fleet of 19. sail was yesternight, 20 Leagues S.W. off block-island. but as yet, we have seen nothing of it. I am with respect, Sir, your Excellency’s most obedient humble servant
le Cte de Rochambeau
DLC: Papers of George Washington.