George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Brigadier General William Maxwell, 22 August 1778

From Brigadier General William Maxwell

Elizth Town [N.J.] 22d August 1778


I have little to inform your Excellency of but even that will be more agreeable to you, I emajin than not to hear from us at all. I have intiligence almost dayly from the likelyest places for news. The Troops lyeth mostly as they did when I wrote you of the partys going to Cow neck which is still confirmed, & that a party had gone to Joyn Governor Tryon on the East of the Island.1 besides the Artillery that went to him, the rest was mostly Greens or New Levys. my informant says there is 4 or 5 Vessels has come up to New York (the Smallest of which is 40 Guns) to be repaired, they are much shattered Masts and riging tore to pieces. They try to brag of having done great things with the French Fleet but the Feathers have carryed away the Birds. Their rapid retreat from before the Harbour of New Port on the Counts steering for them, will not suffer their friends to believe they intended to fight.

No news from black Point. We had a small alarm from Major Clow, that he had great reason to think the Enemy was to come two nights ago to take or destroy the Provisions at Acquackinac. they did not come, and upon examination I found there was two much provisions there, well worthy their notice, Viz. 1200 Barrels, my sittuation being such that I can give it little or no support; I ordered the Provisions to be forwarded as soon as possable, and not to leave Such a temptation in their way again. I am Your Excellencys Most Obedint Humble Servant

Wm Maxwell

N.B. I had intiligence last night that confirms 3 or 4 Vessels coming up for repair some reports that the French Fleet lyeth off the Hook some says that Byrons is there, but I believe neither. no news from Black Point.



1This previous letter from Maxwell to GW has not been found.

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