Thanks NG for his letter of 31 December 1780
] Neither he nor Count Rochambeau has had news from Europe "for some months." The mutiny in the Pennsylvania line has "subsided"; a "spirit of revolte" has now reportedly broken out among the Hessians in the British army.[2
] Colonels Laurens and Armand are about to depart for France, the former "to sollicit the succours of the King for the thirteen states."[3
] Assures NG that the king will be disposed to assist "his Allies." NG, however, should "convince the heads of the different legislatures, that the States ought to make the same efforts, as if they did not expect any foreign assistance." Believes the situation of the British "is without any comparison more difficult & more embarrassed than ours."
Letter signed (Greene Papers: DLC
) 2 pp. (in French); this abstract was taken from a translation by NG's aide, Nathaniel Pendleton (MiU-C)
] On the mutiny of the Pennsylvania troops, see Madison to NG, 13 January (PGNG, 7: 116-118
). Nothing more is known about a "spirit of revolte" in the British army.
] Col. John Laurens's mission is noted at Paine to NG, 10 January (PGNG, 7: 92-93
). Col. Charles Armand was going to France on furlough to procure "cloathing and equipment" for his legion "on his own credit." (JCC, 19:76