George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Brigadier General William Maxwell, 15 September 1778

From Brigadier General William Maxwell

Elizth Town [N.J.] 15th Septr 1778


I inclose to Your Excellency by Coll Balor three Letters from England that may amuse You a little some of which has not gone through the Enemys hands—if Your Excellency will please to return them to me I will send them to the owners1 Every intiligen[c]e seems to confirm that ten Regts is ordered to the West Indias and is supposed to sail sho[r]tly2 I have likewise incllosed to Your Excellency one of the latest papers from New York—and am Your Excellencys Most Obedt Humle Servant

Wm Maxwell B.G.


1The enclosed letters have not been identified.

2Gen. Henry Clinton had appointed Maj. Gen. James Grant to the command of this expedition the previous spring (see Clinton to George Germain, 23 May 1778, in Davies, Documents of the American Revolution description begins K. G. Davies, ed. Documents of the American Revolution, 1770–1783; (Colonial Office Series). 21 vols. Shannon and Dublin, 1972–81. description ends , 15:126). The ten British regiments embarked at New York in late October and sailed from Sandy Hook on 3 November.

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