Newport November 24th 1780
The Intelligence that your Excellency gives me of the arrival of the cork fleet in your Letter of the 16th, is so much the more likely, that the day before yesterday nine vessels were seen entering Gardner’s bay, coming down the Sound, It is thought they were bringing victuals, and that they very likely are a party of the above fleet, which I think would be a proof that Arbuthnot proposes wintering in that excellent Harbour. We have had all this month a most tempestuous weather and I was a great deal concerned for the Troops of your Excellency, if they be yet encamped. I am with Respect Sir Your Excellency’s most obedient and most humble servant
le Cte de Rochambeau
DLC: Papers of George Washington.