27 july 81
I [was] so much vexed two or three days ago by a Certain idea that i Cannot but submit it to your excellency. I [ ] that in the last Conference Count de Rochambeau to[ ] that admiral du barras and all the officers of the fleet pretended that it was not possible to force the entrance of the harbour of new york where there are some ships to defend it. if so, why would not admiral du barras in this [absence] of the british fleet Render himself master of the harbour [ ]no Risk. he Could [penetrate] every where & i am surprised that the british left so the harbour and this makes me believe that there is some thing in their plan which we do not penetrate. may be a jonction with Rodney somewhere but if the harbour Cannot be forced admiral du barras should not be[ ][in danger] in it. i am with great Respect dear [general your excellencys Obedient] humble servant
DLC: Papers of George Washington.