George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Robert Howe, 1 August 1780

Robinson’s August 1st 1780

Dear Sir

An Express from another Emissary is arrived—This Letter dated at 11 oClock yesterday—He writes thus—"The British Fleet have been laying in Huntington Bay untill this Morng, when they all set sail with a brisk Breeze at East, & stood Westward & are now out of Sight—This is owing as I suppose to the Arrival of the 2d Division of the French Fleet—of which tho’ I’ve no official Information, yet I’ve such Accounts that I think you may depend upon it"—thus far the Agent—I shall have other Accounts, I imagine, directly, but I persuade myself this may be relied on or at least as far as relates to the British Fleet. I have sent the necessary Orders to the Troops at present under my Command, & as I want to go over to West Point to settle some Matters there, I shall not be in Quarters at Peek’s Kill ‘till this Eveg or to Morrow Morng unless your Excellency has Commands for me sooner, of which please inform me.I am Dear Sir with High Respect & Regard your most obedient

R. Howe

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