George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Robert Howe, 26 July 1780

Highlands 26th July 1780

Dear Sir

I inclose your Excellency the Feild Returns I have received—I expect them all in to day & they shall be forwarded to Morrow—I recd your Favor demandg them the Day before yesterday, & instantly issued Orders thereupon—I have scarcely a moment to add that all you require shall be most faithfully performed.

The Enemy are certainly intending, at least did intend some Enterprize. The inclosed is an Extract from the Letter of a confidential Correspondent dated the 25th Inst—Mr Ezard who was Envoy for Congress at Berlin is now with me, & Col. Sears—they intend for Head Quarters to Morrow. About three thousand Arms came from Albany—one half without Bayonets—Not so many Arms I am persuaded are missing, as you Sir imagine, tho’ too many are gone, I shall set about the Inquiry you wish—the Order is out already, & every Measure shall be pursued—Be assured Dear Sir, two or more have gone off since I commanded, of which the Army can testify—Genl Poor will account for his to-Morrow. I am Dear Sir (in great Haste) but with all imaginable Respect Your Excellency’s most obedient Servant

R Howe

P.S. I have directed the Recruits to be Distinguish’d in the Returns which will give them to your Excellency at once View two Flags [   ] Down to [carry] Persons at the request of Governor Clinton have [but] [de]taind this ten days which plainly Indicates the Enemy have some Operation they wish to Conceal.

DLC: Papers of George Washington.


25 July 1780

That three or four British and Hessian Regiments, Embarck’d last Friday at Philips’s, and fell immediately down to the Hook, and it is said went out to Sea with Admiral Graves (who its Reported is gone to Rhode Island) with light Ships of the line, Six only of which he brought in with him.

That a Number of Troops have embarck’d at Frogs Neck and Cross’d over to Long Island, but their numbers or Corps is not Mention’d, nor the time when they embarck’d. tis said they are going to the East end to bring off Cattle—The Yaeger Horse and Foot are incampt on the Flat between Mr Cortlands House and Kings Bridge—The rest of the Enemy’s Troops in that Quarter are incamp[td wt.] them, there left near Fort Independence, and there Right Extended towards there Redoubt No. 8—this was there position at High Meridian Yesterday.

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