on the road five miles from Chatham eleven oClock 28 August 1781
I was on my way to go and see your Excellency, when Cl Smith has given me your letter, I go back to Whipe[nn]y to brake all preparations to be able to go this afternoon and ride sixteen or 20 miles, I beg of your Excellency to be so good as to leave at Spring field or at Chatham a detachment to cover the Bake house that is to furnish with bredd during Some days to Send some Convoys of Bredd from here to Philadelphia. I have the honor to be your Excellency’s most obedient and humble Servant.
le comte de rochambeau
NHi: Vail Collection.