New port, October 8th 1780
A Very severe storm has yesternight been agitating our ships and our Tents. This day which proves a fine one, will allow us to repair all the Little mischiefs that it can have occasioned. It is thought that the Ennemy has suffered a great deal more in Gardner’s bay. I will wait for Your Excellency’s orders to put the Troops in New port in Winter quarters, when the houses will be ready, and I will send to Providence the Duke De Lauzun with his Cavalry, it is impossible to find forage for it here this winter. Their Lodgings are all prepared, and the Duke will be well received there. he hath every thing necessary to be with the inhabitants in great friendship. I beg of your Excellency to permit me to make all these Dispositions, and to give your orders for that. I wait for your Excellency’s answer as to the Demand that I am to make to my court, about the Artillery of Siege. I am with respect sir, Your Excellency’s most obedient humble servant
le cte de Rochambeau
DLC: Papers of George Washington.