Headquarters Pon Pon [South Carolina]
Feb 18th 1782
This will be handed your Excellency by Lt Col Lee an Officer to whom I am greatly indebted for the advantages we gained over the enemy last campaign. His singular merit and great abilities entitles him to my warmest friendship; and I beg leave to recommend here to your Excellency civility should he visit the French Army. The severity of the Service has impaired his health and he retired for to recover it. I take leave to refer your Excellency to the Col for the situation of things in the department.
I have the honor to be with great respect,
His Excellency Count Rochambeau
Source: The Archives of the Robert E. Lee Memorial Foundation, Papers of the Lee Family, Box 2, M2009.061 Jessie Ball duPont Library, Stratford Hall
Transcribed by Colin Woodward, 2016 March 21