Philada 18th Feby 1781
This is but the third day since I had the Honor to recieve your Excys favour of the 23d Ultimo when I left home I did not expect to go on to Camp, must there fore return to Lancaster. I leave Town to day, & will join you as soon as possible.
The Ariel, Captn Paul Jones, arived at Chester yesterday. from L’Orient. which place She left the 16th Decr last the Captn Came up to Town last night with his dispatches. Those forthe Minister of France, If we may judge by their Bulk, must be of consequence. I have the honor to be with much respect your Excys most obedt & most Hble Servt
it is said there are some Arms & Amunition on board the Ariel but no Cloathing.
DLC: Papers of George Washington.