George Washington Papers

From George Washington to Henry Laurens, 14 July 1778

To Henry Laurens

Camp Paramus [N.J.] 14 July 1778.


I had the honor yesterday evening of receiving your very important favor of the 10th instant.

Colonel Laurens, one of my aids, will set out this morning with a letter to the French Admiral the Count d’Estaing inclosing a copy of yours, and such other information as I have been able to collect. Its further purpose is for the establishing a convention of signals in case of co-operation; or to convey him such a knowledge of the enemy’s naval force and position, as may from time to time come under our cognizance.

It appears by intelligence of to-day that the Count d’Estaing is off or near Sandy Hook; having already seized several fishing boats on the banks, in order to procure information and pilots.

The army is in motion and will cross the North River with all convenient dispach, where I shall pursue such measures as may appear best calculated for improving the present conjuncture. I have the honor to be with much respect sir your most obedient and very hble servt

Go: Washington

LS, in James McHenry’s writing, DNA:PCC, item 152; Df, DLC:GW; copy, DNA:PCC, item 169; Varick transcript, DLC:GW. GW signed the cover of the LS, which was docketed in part, “Read 17” (see JCC description begins Worthington Chauncey Ford et al., eds. Journals of the Continental Congress, 1774-1789. 34 vols. Washington, D.C., 1904–37. description ends , 11:697).

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