To Henry Laurens
Head Qrs White plains August 21st 1778
Your Favor of the 16th, with the several papers to which it referred, came duly to hand on Wednesday Afternoon.1
I this minute received from General Sullivan the Letter I have now the honor of forwarding you, with One addressed to myself. A copy of the latter is also inclosed.2 The General seems to have been very near the Enemy’s lines—& on the point of opening all his Batteries. Things appear to be in a promising train.
By advices from an Officer of rank and intelligence, who is stationed with a party in Monmouth County,3 I am informed, that sixteen Ships entered the Hook on the 17th, one having a Flag, & that on that & the proceding day a Heavy Canonade was heard at Sea. I have the Honor to be with the greatest respect & esteem sir Your Most Obedt servt
LS, in Robert Hanson Harrison’s writing, DNA:PCC, item 152; Df, DLC:GW; copy, ScHi: Henry Laurens Papers; copy, DNA:PCC, item 169; Varick transcript, DLC:GW. Congress read this letter on 25 Aug.; 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 , 11:836.
1. The previous Wednesday was 19 August.
2. GW enclosed Maj. Gen. John Sullivan’s letter to Laurens of 19 Aug. (DNA:PCC, item 160) and an extract of Sullivan’s letter to GW of the same date.
3. GW was referring to Maj. Richard Howell.