George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Elias Dayton, 11 July 1780

Elizabeth Town July 11th 1780


The enclosed is from the old correspondent in New york. By a person from the city two hours before its recept, I gained information very nearly agreeing with the contents of the enclosed letter—I am positive, that the Jamaica fleet which had fallen down to the hook and were just sailing out were Stopped on Sunday morning last, and the passengers returned to town where they expect to continue until Graves gives a good account of the french navy, which they say he will very soon do.

Great anxiety has been expressed by some persons in New york for the Cork fleet, also a very rich fleet of Londoners, daily expected on this coast The articles of intelligence, of which your Excellency wishes to be possessed as expeditiously as possibl forwarded to me by Col. Ogden, shall be very particularly attended to. I have the honor to be your Excellencys most Obedient hubl Servant

Elias Dayton

DLC: Papers of George Washington.


July 9th 1780

My Dear Sir,

this morning [   ] arrived of the french fleet By the gardeloop the Capt. Say that he fell in with them on wensday morning at Day Light and Exchanged One Broad Side with one of them, and made the Rest of his way to this port he Says that he Saw thirteen Sail of the Line and as many frigots Beside a number of heavy armed Vessels and fifty Sa[il] of transports he hove all his Spars Boats and Guns over board to affect his Escape this news makes greate Discontent amongst our Scotch Bugars hear the whole Army from above is Exspected in town to morrow night Sir H. C. has Been Down to the hook this Day and is to Go Down again to morrow as I am Informd By Mr. Barrack the pilot who Says that all the Stone fleet will Be underway to morrow and under Sail Cheaf of the Day he Says that we have In the harbour Six Dubble Deckkers at this time the Utopia 64—Belfrour 64 Renown 50 Rainbow 40 Romeles 40 Vigilent 40 and Seven frigots Opposit the town Lay the Sea hors and Lord townsen Boath of 40 Guns Old Indemen this is near the Same as I sent you Before and all that I Can Collect as to that matter at preasent But Shall go Down to the hook to See my self if I get no full Satisfaction By a man that I have Sent Down this afternoon—my Brother is now with me Sent By Mr Mercer and will Go Out tomorrow night when I shall Send Every thing that I Can Collect and Shall attend to no Other Business till matters alter and you must write Down Some Intilegaints for my Brother to Bring to me all the perticulars that you think will not hurt him nor you and then I Can fix matters as you would wish them to Be done as I shall Settle it to have him Come twice a week and the Bareer of this Can Come twice which will Inable you to Get all you Can wish from hear this you and [Mescro] Must fix for my Brother as he will not Come over any more any farther then they Shows at the west End of the Island and I shall protend that this Intelignts which you Send C[ome]s from Some Stanch friend to them I am De[ar Co]llenel yours for Ever

Littel D.

for as Exscuse my writing as I am at Mr Rankin and no pen that is worth any thing you [will learn to Read it].

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