Newport 8br 27th 1780
I have the honour to send to Your Excellency a draught of our position that is pretty well taken of. The English fleet comes again to day to see us, we can see thirteen Square sails, at anchor between Block-island and Point Judith. I think that they will get into Gardner’s bay, by the first North wind. Our Admiral waits only for a fresh North-East wind to send of the Person that you know. The Weather is exceeding fine, and it pains me much for that very reason. I am with respect sir, Your Excellency’s Most obedient most humble servant
le Cte de Rochambeau
DLC: Papers of George Washington.