Peekskill the 22th August 1781 at five in the afternoon
We have been four days to perform the March that you had prescribed to be done in two. we have found roads very bad and impediments without number, almost fifty waggons which we cou’d not abandon having been broken the first day. the troops will this night for the first time lay in their tents. I have left them nearly arrived at [ ] tavern four miles this side of Pines Bridge and three miles beyond Crompond. if they Set out to morrow at day break as I have ordered, I hope they shall arrive at King’s ferry the Same day, the troops at twelve o clock, and the Baggages, late in the Evening. I must Confess to your Excellency that all the horses and oxen are very tired. I Am now arrived at this Place to give all necessary orders for the hospital And to leave all the unnecesary baggages at Peeks Kill. I think that to morrow in the Evening it will be possible to have Some part of the Service Cross the river, and that all the first division will be able to pass the day after. I have been happy to hear at my arrival in this place, that some part of our Artillery had passed the river to day. I hope that the rest will arrive to night and will be able to Cross to morrow morning if not to night. Ct. Fersen is not yet returned from Newport. I have had no news from there, but I know by a letter that Ct. Wadsworth has received from Boston that on the 13th the frigate la Magicienne had arrived there from france, and brought letters and money for the army. I beg of your Excellency to Send me Some news if there is any, and to tell me if you will be So good as to give me a dinner to morrow at your quarters. I am with the most respectful and affectionate attachment. your Excellency’s obedient Servant
le cte de rochambeau
P.S. if your Excellency Chused I will go to morrow at nine in the morning to wait on you And take a breakfast in order to be back here when the troops will arrive.
DLC: Papers of George Washington.