George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Robert Howe, 29 August 1780

29th August 1780

Dear Sir

Very late last night the following intelligence was sent me that Sir Henry Clinton was return’d from Long Island, that most if not all the British Regiments had cross’d over and had marchd by the way of Kings Bridge to York Island, that they passd over on Hill Gate Frogs Rock & some other places, and that it was very confidently talk’d of that you wou’d be attack’d very shortly, that Flat Bottom’d Boats were collecting & some of them already in the River—& that many other Steps taken seem to confirm the Idea of our being attack’d & that very soon. Tho this is not handed me by the most intelligent Agent, yet it comes from one who does not deceive me unless he is himself Deceived, & tho’ the designs of the Enemy can only be guess’d at, yet the Bringing over the Troops from Long Island (if they have really done it) seems to indicate some movement I therefore hand you this information just as I have recivd it and am Dear sir with the greatest Respect yr Excellencys most obt Servt

R. Howe

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