George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Major General Benedict Arnold, 22 July 1778

From Major General Benedict Arnold

Philadelphia July 22d 1778

Dear General

I have the honor to Inclose to your Excellency Two Letters which I received last evening from Mrs Washington, who was well when the Express came from Virginia.1

There is no news here of any Importance, We have not heard from Count D’Estaing these Two days, when He wrote last his Pilots had Just returned from Sounding the Hook, & reported there was not water Sufficient to Carry over his Ships, He had then thoughts of going to Rhode Island, the French Minister has wrote him requesting his Stay at the Hook, the express is expected back every minute, I hope the Admiral will Continue in his Station, and your Excellency soon have it in your power of bringing the British Army to Terms. I have the Honor to be with the most perfect respect & Esteem Your Excellencys most Obedt Hble Servt

B. Arnold


1The letters have not been found.

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