To Major Henry Lee, Jr.
Head Quarters West Point 10th October 1779
I yesterday recd the inclosed intelligence which I have transmitted to Lewis town at the Capes of Delaware, in hopes it may meet Count D’Estaing there.1 But should he have left Delaware before my dispatches reach him, you will, upon his arrival off the Hook, communicate the inclosed with such other occurrences as may have come to your knowledge.2 I am Dear Sir Yr most obt.
Df, in Tench Tilghman’s writing, DLC:GW; Varick transcript, DLC:GW.
1. The enclosure has not been identified, but it probably was a copy of the intelligence report that GW forwarded with his letter to Brigadier General Duportail and Lt. Col. Alexander Hamilton of this date. Duportail and Hamilton were at Lewes, Del., awaiting the arrival of Vice Admiral d’Estaing’s fleet (see GW to Duportail and Hamilton, this date, and GW to d’Estaing, 7 Oct.).
2. Between 9 and 15 Oct., Lee exchanged letters with Hamilton in an effort to coordinate the stationing of pilots for d’Estaing’s fleet (see Hamilton Papers, description begins Harold C. Syrett et al., eds. The Papers of Alexander Hamilton. 27 vols. New York, 1961–87. description ends 2:200–2; see also Lee’s letter to Hamilton of 22 Oct., Hamilton Papers, description begins Harold C. Syrett et al., eds. The Papers of Alexander Hamilton. 27 vols. New York, 1961–87. description ends 2:208–9).