George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Jonathan Trumbull, Sr., 18 July 1778

From Jonathan Trumbull, Sr.

Lebanon [Conn.] 18th July 1778.


Your Letter of the 14th inst. received this moment—have sent the intelligence contained in it to New London, where are four Privates to Middletown and Hartford where a Number of Smal Armed Boats—have prepared Letters to Govr Green, & President Powel at Massachusetts—with the Same to go by Post Monday next.1

hope they may be so happy as to succeed in their Attempts to intercept The Cork Fleet.

Colo. Jos. Trumbull is at my House very dangerously ill with a Relapse, look on his recovery very doubtfull. I am, with great Esteem & Regard Sir—Your most Obedt humble Servant

Jonth; Trumbull

P.S. I have no other than vague, uncertain Accounts of the Circumstances of your Success in the Jersies.


1Trumbull’s letter of this date to Massachusetts council president Jeremiah Dummer Powell transmitted a copy of GW’s letter of 14 July, “In consequence of which I am sure your Hon[orabl]e Council will take such measures, as to you & them shall appear most conducive to the public Interest. I have sent & am sending advice to all armed Vessels in the eastern parts of this State, to exert themselves in looking out for & annoying the Cork Fleet” (M-Ar: Revolution Letters, 1778). He wrote the same to New Hampshire council president Meshech Weare (Nh-Ar: Weare Papers) and more briefly to Rhode Island governor William Greene (R-Ar: Letters to the Governor).

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