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To George Washington from Major Alexander Clough, 28 August 1778

From Major Alexander Clough

Hackensack [N.J.] August 28—8 OClock [1778]1


I have recd inteligance that Yesterday betwixt two and three in the afternoon a signell Gun was fire’d at New york upon which a hunderd and forty sail of transports fell down to the hook (this is certain thayr numbers where told by severl persons on bergan shore) where thay are bound I am not able to lern—the day before Brass cannon was sent on board transports in the north river likewise forage the person who gives me this acct saw it.

the Jew I sent to your exellency on suspesion of being a spy returnd to new york yesterday was senit [sennight] he was seen by a person who is well acquainted with him he boasts that he has been from camp to philedelphia undiscoverd. I am your Exellencys Most Obt Hbl. Ser.

A. Clough


1The year is taken from the endorsement on the cover.

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