George Washington Papers

From George Washington to Jonathan Trumbull, Sr., 11 July 1780

Head Quarters near Passaick Falls July 11th 1780

Dr Sir,

I beg leave to suggest to Your Exellency that it is a matter of great importance for me to be acquainted with our several Harbours—their depth of Water within and leading to them and all the difficulties & circumstances attending their navigation. At present this knowledge is more peculiarly essential with respect to the Eastern Ports & particularly in the instance of New London. In the course of our operations this Campaign and indeed immediately—this may be of the greatest use. I have therefore to entreat the favor of Your Excellency to furnish me by the earliest opportunity, with a correct map of that Harbour, in case you have one, describing in a particular manner the Channel leading to it, from the Sound, with its depth & width and such obstacles & Shoals as may attend the navigation. If your Excellency should not be in possession of a map that will answer, I request that you will be so obliging as to procure me one as soon as it can be done—and if it should be requisite, even by an actual survey & sounding. I feel myself under no difficulty in asking this favor of Your Excellency, as you will perceive at once the necessity there is for my possessing the information, & as I know there is nothing in your power which will not be done with the greatest chearfulness that may in the least promote the Public cause. I have the honor to be with the most perfect esteem & regard—Dr SirYour Mo. Obet Servant

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