George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Major Thomas Wickes, 27 August 1778

From Major Thomas Wickes

Huntington [N.Y.] Augt 27th 1778


I have Just Receivd the Following Intelegence From Newyork, Yesterday morning Lord Hows fleet Consisting of about twenty Sail, went out of Sandyhook its Said he is, Bound to Rhode Island, its further Reported that two Expresses had arrived at newyork from Rhode Island, for him to Come to there releaf, one was an open boat, She Came in at the hook, Its Generaly believed by our friends in Newyork that Sir Harry Clinton is about to make a Movement, but Every thing is keept Exceeding Secret they are Getting there Waggons down to the North river they are a ⟨shewing⟩ [shoeing] there horses With the Greatest Expedition Some of there troops are Imbarking at the Narrows, there Destination is not know, Yesterday Sir Harry Clintons Baggag Was put on Board of a Vesel, and ordered to flushing, and this morning Clinton was to Cross the⟨re⟩ in order to meet his Baggage at Flushing, nothing more that is Material. I am With Respect Your Excellencys Most Obedien. and Very Humble Sert

Thos Wickes

ALS, DLC:GW. The cover indicates that this letter was sent “Pr Express.”

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