[dateline] Passy, 22d Nov. 17811
[salute] Dear Sir
Since the Letter I had the honour of writing to your Excellency on the 19th Inst,
the Duke de Lauzan is arrived at Versailles from Virginia, with the glorious News
of the combined Force of America and France having forced General Cornwallis to capitulate.
The English Garrison marched out of York Town on the 19th of Octr. with the honours
of War, and laid down their Arms: the Troops consisted of about Six thousand: Sailors
and Negroes 1800, 22 pair of Colours, and 170 Pieces of Cannon, of which 75 were of
brass. Besides which, a Vessel of 50 Guns with a considerable Number of Transports
some burnt. These are the only particulars which have as yet transpired of this important
Event. In a few Days will be publish’d the Articles of Capitulation, when I shall
immediately forward them to your Excellency.
[salute] Hoping that your Negociations may partake of the good Effect of this Victory, I have
the honour to be, Sir, Your Excellencys, affectionate & obliged humble Servant
[signed] W. T. Franklin