George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Henry Lee, 18 July 1780

Shrewsbury July Tuesday 18th 1780.


I addressed your Excellency yesterday advising of Admiral Greaves arrival. I omitted mentioning a report prevalent here from the enemy, viz. that Monsieur Ternay had fallen in with the British squadron, had sunk one seventy four & had taken one sixty four—this is said to have happened off Cape Henry.

I transmit a very exact list of the British fleet.

They have received 3000 marines from N. York, & yesterday the whole fleet stood out to sea. They were off & on till night; this morning they are not to be seen. Their course was due east.

Admiral Greaves fleet

1 of 96—3 of 74—2 of 64


1 of 74—2 of 64—2 of 50—2 of 44

eight frigates & sloops of war. I have the honor to be with most perfect respect your Excellys most obt ser.

Henry Lee Junr

PHi: Gratz Collection.

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