George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Major General Philemon Dickinson, 10 June 1778

From Major General Philemon Dickinson

Trenton [N.J.] June 10th 1778 11 OClock P.M.

Dear Sir

I have communicated, the contents of your Excellency’s letter of the 8th instant,1 to Governor Livingston, who is of Opinion, that it would not be proper to call in the Militia, untill the hours of real Danger—for which reason shall delay it, unless I should recieve your Excellency’s orders, for that purpose.

The inclosed letter accompanied a Turtle, which shall be forwarded by the first opportunity.2 Two valuable Prizes were sunk into Toms River, two days ago, by a small New England Privateer, part of the Cargoes, consists of one hundred & fifty hogsheads Rum—this small Privateer within five weeks past, has taken Prizes, to the amount of, One hundred & fifty thousand pounds.3

I this moment received a letter from Elizabeth Town, nothing new. I have the honor to be, Your Excellency’s most Ob. St

Philemon Dickinson


1GW’s letter to Dickinson has not been found.

2Neither the enclosure nor the turtle has been identified.

3The New-York Gazette and Weekly Mercury reported on 15 June that “There are now at Cranberry Inlet [near Tom’s River], in New-Jersey, three Gallies from New-London, of 4 Guns each, that have taken several Vessels, among them a Schooner from Cork with Provisions, and a Vessel from the West-Indies, with Rum and Sugar.”

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