George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Henry Lee, 21 July 1780

Ronolopen 21st July 1780


I informed your Excelly in my advice of yesterday that the British fleet after playing off & on had returned to port on the 18th.

They sailed again in the evening & night of the same day; bearing their course southerly. On the 20th in the afternoon, some were seen on their return; from this, it was concluded the whole Fleet were following. But three frigates only reached the hook this Morning. It is believed the fleet [   ] to the West indies.

Capt. Devries will explain to your Excellency the report of a small reinforcement leaving the hook for [   ]. I have the honor to be with the most perfect respect your Excellys most h. sert

Henry Lee Junr

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