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To George Washington from William Heath, 25 January 1783

Roxbury January 25th 1783

Dear General

I was the last week honored with yours of the 3rd instant, and this day with that of the 15th.

I am glad to hear Congress have been pleased to promote Colonels Greaton, Dayton, and Putnam. Brigadier General Greaton arrived here this evening.

Should the British Kings Speech, or any other European intelligence of consequence be received in this Quarter, your Excellency may depend on the earliest communication of it in my power.

I will write General Glover, on the subject mentioned in the postscript of your Excellencys last letter.

The Ship Fortune, Capt. Billings, arrived at Boston this day, in nine weeks from Holland (a long passage) she has brought a Vallueable Cargo of dry goods, but no very material news, a large Packet from Mr Adams, addressed to our minister of foreign affairs, was brought by Capt. Billings, and is forwarded by express to Philadelphia, probably it contains the treaty of Amity and commerce, between the United States of America, and Holland, there is a report in Town to day, that a skirmish has happened in Ireland, between the Volunteers and Kings Troops, in which a great number of the latter were killed, this news it is said was containd in a letter found on board a prize Brig. lately taken,but whether it deserves any credit, or not, I cannot pretend to say, we have also a report that the Count de Estaing is daily expected in the West Indies with a Fleet of Forty eight Sail of the Line, where with other Squadrons which are to Join him, he will have a very formidable Fleet, The British at present have a great naval Superiority in that Quarter. I have the honor to be with the greatest respect your Excellency’s most Obedient Servant

W. Heath

DLC: Papers of George Washington.

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