Newport January, 12th 1781
I have the honor to recommend to your Excellency, The Count de Charlus, 2d Colonel of the Saintonge Regiment, who is only son to the Marquis de Castres, whom the news from Europe, report to be made Minister of the Marine. He has asked my Leave to go and pay his respects to your Excellency, as he proposes pushing forward to Philadelphy, your Excellency will give him Leave, if you think proper. We have no news, except that some British frigate is always now cruising in sight of us. I am with respect, and personal attachment, Sir, Your Excellency’s Most obedient and most humble Servant
le Cte de rochambeau
DLC: Papers of George Washington.