Mr. Harvey then read this very interesting paper by Dr. Terry upon the coming of Rochambeau on the fleet of Admiral de Ternay. Upon the 11th day of April, 1780, there were anchored in the harbor of Brest, ten French ships of war, fully manned, of from 80 to 64 guns each, and between twenty-five and thirty transports, carrying an army of between five and six thousand men. The fleet was commanded by Admiral de Ternay, who was the second son of the Marquis de Ternay, and made himself a name, as an officer of the Navy, well deserving such an honor, as was bestowed upon him by placing this fleet under his command. The army was commanded by General, le Comte de Rochambeau. He was a son of the Marquis de Rochambeau, Governor of the Province of Vendome. He had obtained promotion from one grade to another mainly upon the field of battle, until he had reached this present high position, to which the King had appointed him, with many words of praise for his character and abilities. Upon the 7th of July, the Admiral ordered on board of his ship, all the Captains and told them that the precise destination of the fleet, which hitherto had been unknown to the rest of the expedition, was the City of Newport, in Rhode Island, whence they could communicate, and join their forces with the armies of the United Colonies.
Terry, Reverend Dr. Roderick
"The Coming of the French Fleet,"
Newport History: Vol. 72
, Article 5.
Available at: http://digitalcommons.salve.edu/newporthistory/vol72/iss249/5