George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Jean-Baptiste Donatien de Vimeur, comte de Rochambeau, 23 October 1780

New port October 23d 1780


Since the 16th inst., the Frigate waits only for a fresh Northerly wind, it is not come as yet. The person and the Packetts were ready by the 14th. I do not doubt but the imbarkation from Newyork of the 16th that your Excellency mentions in your Letter of the 18th, has its destination for the South. It is most certain that if they are bound for this place, they play at blindman’s buff, for the since 4 Days, the foggs are so thick that one cannot see ten yards before him.

I received five days ago an intelligence (brought by a ship) from new London, I did not chuse to send it to Your Excellency untill I had received the confirmation of it. That piece of news seems in all its circumstances to be confirmated by a vessel arrived from Fayal, one of the Acores Islands, at Boston. They say that a Frigate arrived at St Kitt’s, between the 15th and 20th of August, had taken shelter there with four Transports, which are all that remains of a fleet of sixty sail, going to the East and West Indies, under the convoy of two frigates, which fleet has been all taken, these five excepted by a french and a spanish fleet joined together, between the Acores and Madeira. I would wish that the same thing had happened to the Cork fleet. I am with respect sir your Excellencys Most obedient humble servant

Le Cte de Rochambeau

PS I beg of your Excellency to allow me to make my compliments to the Marquis de La Fayette.

DLC: Papers of George Washington.

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