George Washington Papers

From George Washington to Samuel Huntington, 30 May 1781

Head Quarters New Windsor May 30. 1781


I am honored with your Excellency’s favor of the 23d and 24th Insts. I am sorry that you took the trouble to transcribe the Dispatches from General Greene, as I had received them immediately from him. It is to be regretted that so small an accident should have turned the fortune of the day before Campden. The General’s conduct however in the action, and the perseverance with which he pursues his plan, notwithstanding his disaster, do him infinite honor.

There have been various reports for several days past that a further embarkation was taking place at New York, and some have even gone so far as to suppose a total evacuation of the place was in contemplation. I have an account thro a pretty good channel, as late as the 27th Inst. in which nothing of the kind is mentioned. There had been some very uncommon movements among the Troops upon Long Island, which may have given rise to the Conjecture I have spoken of. My informant says that Pensacola is taken, and that General Robertson goes to Virginia to Succeed General Phillips. I have the honor to be With great respect & esteem Your Excellency’s Most Obedt Hble Servant

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June 5th (Duplicate) The original was intercepted by the Enemy.

DNA: Item 152, Letters from George Washington, PCC—Papers of the Continental Congress.

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