From Major General William Heath
Head Quarters Boston June 9th 1778.
I am this moment informed that a french Ship of Twenty Guns arrived at Portsmouth on fryday last with a valuable Cargo of Cloathing Arms, Horse furniture &c., for the use of the United States.1 She left France the 12th of April. War was not declared at that time, but the greatest preparations making for it, both in France & England.
Major Courtis and Adjutant Dunckerley never received Commissions none having been sent for Colo. Henleys Regiment. Enclosed is Ensign Winship’s Commission which was lodged with me sometime since, upon receiving your Excellency’s pleasure for his resigning of it.2 I have the honor to be With great respect Your Excellency’s Most Obedt Servt
ALS, DLC:GW; ADfS, MHi: Heath Papers.
1. “Fryday last” was 5 June.
2. John Winship’s commission has not been found.