George Washington Papers

From George Washington to Jonathan Trumbull, Sr., 13 October 1775

To Jonathan Trumbull, Sr.

Camp at Cambridge Octr 13th 1775.


Your favor of the 9th inst. has been duly received.

The Fleet mentioned in mine of the 6th instant has been seen standing N.N.E. so that we presume it is destined against some town of this Province or New Hampshire, or possibly gone to Quebec1—A Gentleman of character here from Canada assures me he will meet with no opposition there2—I am sorry other avocations will deprive me of the pleasure of seeing you in Camp at the proposed Conference. I hope upon some other occasion you will do us the favor of a visit. I shall be happy in every opportunity to manifest my Respect and Regard for the Governor of Connecticut.

No occurrence of any consequence in either Camp since my last.

In my last letter from the Congress it is mentioned, that the Armed Vessels of Connecticut will be sent on a special service with which you are acquainted—In your next you will please to inform me whether they may be expected to proceed in that Enterprize. Two will proceed from hence with all expedition—Govr Cooke informs me he can give us no assistance in it.3 I am with much respect and esteem Your Honor’s most obedient and very humble Servant

George Washington

LB, Ct: Trumbull Papers; LB, DLC:GW; Varick transcript, DLC:GW.

1GW is apparently referring to his letter to Trumbull of 5 October. The enemy squadron attacked Falmouth in the District of Maine on 18 October.

2The Trumbull letter book omits the sentence that precedes this one in the letter book in DLC:GW: “Our last Advices were very favourable from Colo. Arnold, by the 20th Inst. we expect he will be at Quebec.” The informant was James Price. See GW to Hancock, 12 Oct. 1775, n.10.

3See Hancock to GW, 5 Oct. (first letter), Trumbull to GW, 9 Oct. (first letter), and Cooke to GW, 10 Oct. 1775.

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