From Captain Richard Dodge
[25 July 1775]
I am in formed By Josep groves from Boston to Day that the Shiping gon out is Bound for Block Island fishers Island and Long Island in order to Cil and Destroy all that Comes in thair way with Six hundrud men[.]1 the man i will Send to you as Soun as may Be[.] I am your humble Servent
Richd Dodge Capt.
ALS, DLC:GW. The date is taken from the docket, which is in Joseph Reed’s writing. Dodge did not date the letter.
1. For additional intelligence on the sailing of this British fleet, see John Thomas to GW, 25 July, GW to Nicholas Cooke, 26 July, and GW to Hancock, 27 July 1775. These vessels raided Fishers and Gardiners islands between 6 and 8 Aug. 1775. See Norwich Committee of Correspondence to GW, 7 Aug. 1775, and Jonathan Trumbull, Sr., to GW, 7 Aug. 1775, n.2.