George Washington Papers

From George Washington to Jonathan Trumbull, Sr., 23 August 1775

To Jonathan Trumbull, Sr.

Camp at Cambridge August 23d 1775


Yesterday I received Advice from Boston that a Number of Transports, have sailed on a second Expidition for fresh Provisions: As they meet with such Success before, it is probable they may pursue the same Course only advancing further—We think Montague Point1 on Long Island a very probable Place of their Landing: I have therefore thought it best to give you the earliest Intelligence; But I do not mean to confine you[r] Attention or Vigilence to that Place—you will please to extend your Views as far as the mischief may be probably extended.2

We have no Transaction of sufficient Consequence in the Camp to make a Part of a Letter. I am Sir: with much Respect & Esteem Your most Oblidged & Humble Servant

Go. Washington

P.S. You will please to Let me know in your next what Progress you make with the Hunting Shirts.

LB, Ct: Trumbull Papers; LB, DLC:GW; Varick transcript, DLC:GW. Trumbull forwarded a copy of at least the first paragraph of this letter to Brig. Gen. David Wooster on Long Island. See Wooster to GW, 29 Aug. 1775.

1The letter-book copy in DLC:GW reads “Montauck Point.” Montauk Point is at the easternmost end of Long Island.

2This large convoy sailed to the Bay of Fundy. See Vice Admiral Samuel Graves’s narrative, 22 Aug. 1775, in Clark, Naval Documents description begins William Bell Clark et al., eds. Naval Documents of the American Revolution. 12 vols. to date. Washington, D.C., 1964–. description ends , 1:1205.

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