Philadelphia december the 26th 1780
My dear General
Clel Laurens having Been Appointed By Congress to Go to France and Sollicit succours for the Next Campaign he has also been directed to take your orders at head quarters. I am By order of Congress to have A Conference with him, and intend Giving him Many letters for france. As in your instructions to Laurens the presence of one who Knows these people May be Agreable to You, I Shall set out for head Quarters friday or saturday Morning.
Some officers who are arriv’d from Newyork Report that An Embarkation of eighteen hundred men has Sail’d a few days Ago.
A Vessel from Havanna Arriv’d yesterday By which we Learn that the Pensacola expedition has Much Suffered in the Storm. Sixteen hundred men are Arriv’d at Campîche. The Remainder of the transports has Not Yet Been heard of. The ships of the Line put Back into Havanna But were Nearly Refitted and Going to pursue the Same operation. Nothing about St Augustine. The Governor writes only two lines to Francisco Rendon and promises a longer Letter By the Return of a dispatch Boat. I have Communicated these intelligences to Gal Greene By an express that Was just Going.
In expecting the pleasure of Seeing You Before long, I have the honor to be, My dear General Your most affectionate friend and humble servant
In the Virginia Gazette there is an extract of A letter from an officer at the Southern Camp Mentionning the defeat of Tarleton By Sumpter. Each of them had (it is said) from six to seven hundred men. I Beg, my Dear General, You will present My Respects to Mrs Washington and Remember me to the Family.
PEL: Papers of George Washington.