George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Major General John Sullivan, 2 September 1778

From Major General John Sullivan

Head Quarters Providence Septr 2d ⟨1778⟩

Dear General

I am informed by Genl He[a]th & the Council of B⟨os⟩ton that an English fleet has anchord off the Harbour of Boston & from the accounts you gave me of Lord Howes Fleet suppose it to be the same sent in to block up Count Destiang that the Reinforcement detachd to the Relief of Rhode-Island might meet with no Interruption in its passage1—What seems to give credibility to the Supposition is, that the Reinforcement has actually arrivd. I have the honor to be Sir, with the most exalted Esteem Yr Excellencys, very hble Servt

Jno. Sullivan


1For the accounts of the fleet, see GW’s letters to Sullivan of 28 and 29 August. For Maj. Gen. William Heath’s letters to Sullivan of 1 Sept., see Hammond, Sullivan Papers description begins Otis G. Hammond, ed. Letters and Papers of Major-General John Sullivan, Continental Army. 3 vols. Concord, 1930-39. In Collections of the New Hampshire Historical Society, vols. 13–15. description ends , 2:289.

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