George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Brigadier General Hugh Mercer, 26 July 1776

From Brigadier General Hugh Mercer

Perth Amboy [N.J.] 26 July 1776 2 P.M.


When I mentioned this Morning the unusual appearance of a flag being hoisted on the Light house—I had not then understood that Any Ships were seen in the Offing—but find by a Person just now from So. Amboy that some have been seen—and Now Six have come into the Hook. I am Sir your Excellencys most obedt st

H. Mercer

A Deserter from the Asia, examined att Eliza. Town—says that 10 Ships arrived Some Days ago wi[t]h 2000 Highlanders.


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