George Washington Papers

To George Washington from David Forman, 19 June 1780

Monmouth C. House 19th June 1780


On Saturday Night Elevin OClock I had the Honr to Inform your Excly of the Arrival of a Fleet within Sandy Hook from the Southward, that there Remained no doubt of these being British and probably Sr Henry Clinton—As I proposed to Your Excly, As soone as I had dispatched the Express I rode down to the High Lands of Middle Town—The Day was Rainey and dull—so as to prevent any particular observation. I found that all the Ships that had Arrive before Sun down on Saturday had Stood Immediately up to New York—That on Saturday Night 35 Vessells Generally Large had Come too out side of the Hook and as soone as it was Light on Sunday Morning Stood in and Run up to the Narrowes—the Enclosed Acct did not Come to my hands untill the Express had set off—I think it is the Best that was Taken—Last Night I was Informed from Sandy Hook that it was Reported there that Sir Harry Clinton was gone up the North River without Stoping at New York—But it appears to be Only Report—Yet there Manner of going up was Very Uncommon—Not a Gun from any Ship or Fort On there Arrival or Going up. I have the Honr to be yr Excly Most Obdt Humble Servt

David Forman

DLC: Papers of George Washington.


16-18 June 1780

Garrats Hill Fryday Aftr Noon June the 16 1780

the Weather Cloudy and hasey 2 Ships Standing from the Southard With the Wind South and S.E. Light Went up to New york. Sun Set Came A Large Ship Supposed to be the Admils of 64 or 70 Guns and Came to Anchor North of Sandy-Hook.

Saterday morning 17

the Weather Cloudy and Calm Nothing Appearing After Noon the Wind Blowing Fresh at South.

4 oClock Apeared A fleet of 31 Ships Standing from the Southard Directly Along Shore all Top Sail Vessels 3 or 4 Seemed to be Double Deckers the Weather Haisey and Dark I Could Not Distinguish the other Ships of War from the Transports.

5 OClock Came in 19 Sails more all Topsail Vessels the Weather Dark and Haisey I Could Not Distinguish the Ships of War from the Transports two of the Latter Came to Anchor the Rest Stood up for New York—Yours on Command

John Stillwell

Sunday Morning 18th

Observed Thirty five Sail More Had Come too out Side of the Hook day Light Stood in and Run up to the Narrows—Total No. of Ships



Sunday——35 89 Besides Sloops &c.

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