In the road of Annapolis. Jany 11th 1783.
I have received your Excellency’s Letter mentioning your having sent to Philadelphia the two pieces of Canon that I might see the inscriptions and Devices previous to my Departure. Tho’ I was gone before they arrived there, Give me Leave to observe, Sir, that your usual attention and politeness has shewn itself to the Last moment, of which this is a fresh proof. I write to the Chevalier De La Luzerne to keep them untill peace, when they may be Carried over without danger of being taken.
We are just getting under sail: in this moment I renew to your Excellency the sincere acknowledgements for your friendship, and I am with the most inviolable personal attachment & respect Sir, Your Excellency’s Most obedient & humble Servant
le cte de Rochambeau
DLC: Papers of George Washington.