George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Friedrich Wilhelm Ludolf Gerhard Augustin, Baron [von] Steuben, 18 June 1780

June 18th 1780

Dear Genl

I have recd intelligence of the arrival of the British fleet at New York by various persons by the enclosed Letter from Majr Lee being the last your Excellency will find that two Regiments have crossed and Joind the Body on this side. I have the Honor to be with respect Your Excellencys most obt & very Huml. St


Maj: Genl

DLC: Steuben Papers.


18th June 1780

My dr sir

I am happy we acquainted you that your wishes had full effect last night—the British army were thrown into general consternation, so much so that they commenced one hour after we left them a fire among themselves.

I hear from the best authority that a fleet has arrived from Charlestown with 4,000 men.

My informant declares he saw Admiral Arbuthnot himself at the point last evening. They commenced building two forts at the crossroads below the town yesterday & have established thrice the numr of men in town this morning. It is necessary that Major Parrs men be immediately received, that a captain & fifty from the Jersey Brigade join us daily—That the militia be made more punctual in the hour of releif.

The Jersey detachmt left with me last night are still on duty—the sooner their releif comes the better.

I am projecting a plan to invite an attempt from the cavalry on my corps tomorrow or the next night very respectfully your ob. ser.

Henry Lee Jr

Excuse the delay of my reports in the morning—I am detained daily by incidental circumstances in writing to you.


18th June 1780

Dear Sir

I wrote you this morning—Since which we have some reports that two regts crossed to the point from Staten Island. My officer at Halsleads point has not reported to me yet. I will exert myself to execute your orders brought by the dragoon just now & inform you of my progress therein this evening. Yours very truely

Henry Lee Junr.

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