Newport November the 18th 1780
I have had the honor to write to your Excellency, by the favor of the Viscount de Noailles, and the Count de Custine But as it may happen that this Last may arrive before the one I have given to the Count de Custine, I have the honor to tell your Excellency that our frigates have sent into Plymouth a Prize of 300. Tons burden, which they took in the night of the 28th, that they set sail. That ship came from Portugal, was loaded with Port wine, Brandy and Lemons. We have no other news of any kind whatsoever. Our Courier is very near arrived by this time. at least I hope so. the two other frigates are cruising untill further orders, and Arbuthnot seems earnest to pass the winter in Gardner’s bay. I am with respect Sir Your Excellency’s most obedient most humble servant
le Cte de Rochambeau
DLC: Papers of George Washington.