December the 5th 1780 in the evening
My dear General
However acquainted I may be with our intentions, I thought upon the whole that I should Better wait for your approbation Before I present any opinion of yours to the Spanish or French generals in the West indies. I will, I know, loose the opportunity of the Confederacy, But many vessels are going that way and if my letters meet with your approbation I shall send them By triplicates—I impatiently wait for your answer. I will write to Gal Greene to let him know of this intended expedition which tho uncertain as all human events are may be however in a great measure depended upon.
I confess that I don’t hope to prevail upon the Spaniards to come here. But if you will you Count de Rochambeau and cher de ternay may try. In that case I wish you would write to Both of them. My letter will at all events give some Remoted chance of theyr doing what I wish and insure theyr communicating with Gal Greene. For political Reasons I also wish to draw them into this Correspondance.
Cher de La Luzerne wishes his paquet to Count de Rochambeau to be forwarded as speedily as possible. Adieu, my dear general, your most Respectfully and affectionately
Inclos’d I send you something Relating to the southern army.
PEL: Papers of George Washington.