George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Benjamin Tallmadge, 24 April 1781

New Port (Rhode Island) Apl 24th 1781


I had the Honor of writing to Your Excellency on the 20th instt from Fairfield, immediately after which I set out for this Place, where I arrived on the 22d—after Communicating my business to Count Chatellaux, I waited on their Excellencys the Count De Rochambeau & the Chevalr Destouches, with Your Excellency’s Letter. I feel myself under great Obligations to Your Excellency for the very favorable Introduction therein Contained, and the many marks of polite attention which I have, in consequence thereof, recd from the Commanders in Chief of the French Army & Navy at this Place, from Count Chatellaux in particular to whom I am much indebted for his Civilities, as well as from other officers of Distinction in the French Army.

I had the Honor at the same time, of laying before their Excellencys several Drafts of the Enemies Works at Lloyd’s Neck, & Fort Slongo on Tredwell’s banks, all which, so well comparing with each other, & being taken by Men of good judgment & observation, I have reason to believe were very accurate. I am happy to observe the most ready disposition in their Excellencys the Count De Rochambeau & the Chevalr Destouches to annoy the Enemy by every means in their Power; but the present disposition of the smaller Ships of force, belonging to the Squadron at this Port, The Frigates being absent on particular Services, render it impossible to put the Plan proposed in Execution at this time. The Count De Rochambeau will undoubtedly take notice of this matter in his Dispatches to Your Excellency. Possibly at some future Period, Circumstances may make the attempt more favorable. I have the Honor to be, with the most profound Respect, your Excellency’s most Obedt Servt

Benja. Tallmadge

DLC: Papers of George Washington.

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