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Letter not found : from Capt. Epaphras Bull, 29 Aug. 1778. On 30 Aug., Bull wrote to GW : “the Transport, which I mentioned as having Troops on board Last Night, appeard to have them to day”; when Bull wrote GW on the morning of Aug. 29, he had not been able to discern whether the boats were carrying troops.
I have to Inform your Excellency that at Sunset this Evening, came from the Wtward one 20 gun Ship one Brig & 2 Schooners, the Latter being so far in the Rear of the Ship ’twas dark before they came up, therefore cou’d not ’tell whether they were armed or not Can send your Excellency a Mess of Black fish whenever ’tis agreable they are now in Cur. I have the Honor to be your Excellencys Mot...
I have to Inform your Excellency that the Fleet of Transports which lay at Frogs Neck have this morning made their appearence Round the Point they are now lying at Anchor, they are so Intersperced amonge the Islands that it is difficult to Assertain their Number their appears to be near 20 Ships I shall Acquaint your Excellency of there first movement, the Fleet mentioned in my Report of Last...
I have to acquaint your Excellency that I did not Inform myself any better as to the Shiping by going below, as they lie Chiefly behind the Islands, therefor was not able to discover whether there was Troops on Board or not. there appears to be 30 or 40 Sail of them, (I mean of those Transports from N. York) Chiefly Ships—Lt Hurlbut is Just Returned from Et Chester and can give no further...
I have to Inform your Excellency that the Fleet which came to Sail Last Night have got as far Etward as Oyster Bay where they now lie at Anchor the wind being Rather a head, there appears to be between 60 & 70 Sail of them, (30 of them Ships) the distance is so great that I am not able to give a Particular Acct of them—I shou’d think that a Person at Horse Neck or Stanford, with a good Glass...
there has passed by this Place to the Wtward, to day 3 Sloops & one Schooner Loaded with Hay—& one Row Gally, 2 Brigs & one Sloop from the Eastward come to anchor this afternoon Just Et of Hempstead Harbour, and as far Etward as I can see, appears to be 8 or 10 Sail Vessels, believe shall be able to give an Acct of them Tomorrow. I have the Honour to present your Excellency with 20 or 30 wt...
I have to Inform your Excellency that between 7 and 8 OClock the Fleet made Sail and Stood on to the Etward, the Transport, which I mentioned as having Troops on board Last Night, appeard to have them to day, they are now almost out of Sight. I have the Honour to be your Excellencys Mot Obt Sert ALS , DLC:GW . The date is taken from a docket on the cover. Bull’s letter to GW of the previous...
About two years ago I addressed a letter to Mr. Granger on the subject of a Change of one of the printers of the Laws of the U. S. in this State. He informed me that he had waited on you & received for answer that the reason which caused the appointment of the printers in New Haven & New London still existed. On that subject I take the Liberty to address to you this Letter. The papers in those...
I have to acquaint your Excellency that the Fleet from the Etward have now Past this place, there was in the whole Sixty Nine Sail Viz. 6 Ships, two of them Transports, 3 appeard to be of 18 or 20 guns Each, & one which Bro’t up the Rear of the whole had two Tier of guns—10 Brigs, 3 of them Armed, 21 Schooners, one of them Arm’d 6 Loaded with wood 2 with Hay, 32 Sloops, 13 Loaded with wood 2...
I have to acquaint your Excellency that the two Brigs & Sloop which Anchored near Hempstead Harbour Last Night, to day made Sail & went down, the Sloop was Armed Carrying 12 guns, the Brigs were not, but deeply Loaded, two Sloops past Wtward with Hay—the Vessels which I discovered yesterday, far Etward have made very Little Progress to day, they this Evening appeard to be Standing in to Oyster...