From Brigadier General Thomas Mifflin
8 OClock Mount Washington [N.Y.]
August 3rd 1776.
My dear general
By an Express from Col. Tupper I am informd that two of his Captains have been up to reconnoitre the Ships. The Phœnix is fast aground1—The Rose ¾ of a Mile on this Side of her—The Gallies are under Way & will probably begin their Attack at 11 OClock as the Ships are not more than 12 Miles from them.2 I am Sir your Servt
ALS, MH: Dearborn Collection.
1. The Phoenix “grounded on a flat off of Tarry Town, at 2 PM” on 2 Aug., but the crew freed the ship at 10 P.M. (Journal of H.M.S. Phoenix, Captain Hyde Parker, Jr., 2 Aug., in Clark and Morgan, Naval Documents description begins William Bell Clark et al., eds. Naval Documents of the American Revolution. 11 vols. to date. Washington, D.C., 1964—. description ends , 6:19–20).