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To George Washington from Marie-Joseph-Paul-Yves-Roch-Gilbert du Motier, marquis de Lafayette, 14 November 1780

Light Camp November the 14th 1780

Dear General

A Man is just Arriv’d at My quarters who says that the Cork fleet Arriv’d in Newyork on Sunday last—his informant saw himself thirty six vessels Coming up—the Man adds that Gnl Smith is gone to the City and suppos’d to embark with this late envoy of troops—But I don’t put a perfect dependance on what he says nor on the inclos’d letter he has Brought me from Merc[ereau]—I am sure that the Ennemy’s force on Staten island is not By far so large as he makes it.

My forraging party did not go this Morning, and I am the more glad of it as the weather has been Bad—I will do Myself the honor of dining at head quarters. Most Affectionately and Respectfully Yours



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