George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Robert Howe, 28 March 1780

Highlands 28th March 1780

Dear sir

I have just heard from [          ] He writes me that "Your Agent L. is not yet come out of new york, which I am surprised at, A [dory] tells me that 500 of the New Rais’d Corps are arriv’d at Morrisania from new York, that they daily Expect to be joind by more, and that all the new rais’d corps are to be there, that they intend to make rapid incursions into this country, that the Refugees are in the highest Spirits, & promise themselves great things from the Ensuing Campaign, and that great proportions are making for an attack upon the north River which seems to be Certainly their object"; he adds, "that he does not love to trouble me with hearsay news, but as it Comes to him such a Variety of ways, and from so many intelligent Sorces, who Confide in him, he places belief in it, and so therefore informs me, he says to, that some manoeuvre up the Connecticut river may probably be made by way of Division: Your Excellency will make your own Comments & draw your own Conclusions from that information, I write in great hurry, the Gentlemen who brings this Calling upon me this moment and waiting to be dispatched. I am Dear Sir with the Greatest Respect Your Excellency’s Most Obt hum. servt

Robert Howe

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