George Washington Papers

To George Washington from David Forman, 1 August 1781

Freehold 1t Augt 1781


Since I had The Honr of Writing your Excly on the 23d Ult. I have not been able to Collect any thing from New York More then Reports.

Vizt That Adml Grover is gone for Cornwallace and That soome Troops are to be sent from New York to Quebeeck.

Enclosed Your Excly has a Diary kept on The Highlands of Niversink from the 28th of July to the 31t Inclusive by that your Excly will Observe the Sailing of a Fleet from New York with some Troops supposed Invalids—There distination is unknown—I find Intilegence more difficult to be Obtained then Usual Occasioned by the refugees being fearfull of going to New York for fear of being detained There.

Nothing has yet Transpired amongst us from the dispatch sloop that Arrived from England at New York The [20]th Ult. She Arrived on Friday and the Next day Grover Sailed but Wheather in Consequence of Any Accts She Brought, or That he was to have saild had as The Sloop Arrived is uncertain, but I belive The Latter.

Agreeable to Your Exclys Directions I have Imployed Some Horsemen—at prest They are Ordered Thus: One at Second River, One at New Brunswick & One at This Place—in That Line I shall I presume be Inabled to forward Intilegence from This Place to Dobbs Ferry in 15 Hours from The Time They Leave me—As sone as I Can procure them I will double Every Post in order to prevent any delay in Forwarding the second Accts Otherwise a delay will very probably be Occasioned by the Absince of some or all of the Horsemen in forwarding the first Accts. I have the Honr to be Your Exclys Obdt Humble Servt

David Forman

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