George Washington Papers

From George Washington to Jean-Baptiste Donatien de Vimeur, comte de Rochambeau, 14 November 1780

Head Quarters Prackness Novembr 14th 1780


I have received information from New York, that Admiral Rodneys fleet with the transports which have been some time preparing fell down to the Hook on Saturday last. The number of troops which they have on board is uncertain. If the Admiral with his ships of War, means to form a junction with Arbuthnot, you will soon perceive it by the augmentation of the fleet which keeps off Newport; if on the contrary he is bound to the West-Indies as some say, he will probable convoy the Transports to their place of destination, and then proceed to the Islands. The ships of the Line at New York were The

Sandwich 90 Guns
Terrible 74
Triumph 74
Intrepide 64

But whether they will all proceed to sea, I cannot tell. The press was extremely hot in New York previous to the sailing of the Fleet. I have the honor to be With very great respect Your Excellency’s Most Obedient humbe servant

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