2. The Chevalier de Ronnay, an officer in the Armagnac regiment. On this same day Ronnay was forced to decline AA's invitation to dine at Braintree because 600 troops with Adm. Vaudreuil's fleet at Boston, including 300 of the Armagnac regiment, were assigned to help fortify Portsmouth, N.H., where three of the fleet's ships were being repaired. Vau•
dreuil's entire force left New England for Puerto Cabello on the northern coast of South America in December. (Ronnay to AA, 2 Oct. [2d letter], Adams Papers
, not printed; Howard C. Rice Jr. and Anne S. K. Brown, eds., The American Campaigns of Rochambeau's Army
1780, 1781, 1782, 1783, Princeton and Providence, 1972, 2:194–195, 197–198; Cotton Tufts to JA, 10 Oct.
, and AA to JA, 23 Dec.
1782, and Ronnay to AA, 26 April 1783
, all below.)