George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Matthias Ogden, 3 November 1780

Elizth Town Novr 3rd 80

Dear Sir

I have been at this place this week past for the purpose assertaining some particular matters for the Marquis & on the affair I spoke to his Excellency of Mr Henderick desired me to peruse your letter & inform you that he knows nothing of a certainty with respect to your Questions. I have a person with me that came from N. York yesterday at 12 OClock—He is fully of the opinion that an embarkation is about taking place—tis said to reinforce Genl Lesly who has taken post at Virginia.

There are a great number of ships watering, and fitting for sea, perhaps 300 sail great & small; beside 9 sail of the line, & 2 frigates that are making the most expeditious preparations.

I enclose the Letters signed Little D. shall give you my opinion of them when I return—my informant tells me he saw a brigade of emty waggon passing at the ship yard & about three hundred Troops with their packs.

I expect to be able to write you more particularly to morrow—you will recieve a paper of the 2nd by the express. I am Sir with respect Yours &c.

M. Ogden

DLC: Papers of George Washington.

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