Newport 9ber 14. 1780
The Marquis de La Fayette has wrote to the Viscount de Noailles his Brother-in-Law, and shows the Greatest desire to see him. I find his Demand so just, that tho’ I have given Leave to several of Our Colonels to go and wait on Your Excellency, I have added likewise the Viscount de Noailles, and the Marquis De Damas. If Your Excellency does not find a moment to come and see this part of your Army, I am afraid that the whole of it will desert, so great is their desire to see their General, I beg you will be persuaded of the Extreme desire I would have to receive you here, If you can find an opportunity. The Ch. de Ternay has sent back to Day Mr roger Arbuthnot’s Lieutenant, who was here for the 2d time as a Truce flag, he had kept him pretty close confined in his vessel, for three weeks, to weaken a Little his desire of making us a third visit, he sends Likewise a Flag to New-york to carry there some Ladies. I am with respect sir Your Excellency’s Most obedient and most humble servant
Le Cte De Rochambeau
DLC: Papers of George Washington.