Philadelphia February 14. 1781
By Letters just come to hand from Mr Carmichael at Madrid, I am informed that the Son of Count de Rochambeau is safe arrived in France.
Our last Reports from Virginia say that the British were fortifying at Portsmouth, that their Operations indicated a Design to take Post there.
How far Credit ought to be given to the Account contained in the Paper enclosed, that all the Shipping & Troops in the Chesapeake are ordered to leave the Bay & repair to New York, I am unable to determine; but ardently wish that Monsr des Tourlus might be in Circumstances to make them a Visit before they get out of the Bay. I have the Honor to be with the highest Respect your Excellency’s most obedient & most humble Servant
DLC: Papers of George Washington.