George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Major General John Sullivan, 25 September 1778

From Major General John Sullivan

Head Qrs Providence Septr 25th 78

Dr General,

The Marquiss de la Fayette upon further Enquiry informs me that the Fleet mentiond in my last as being off New port1 consisted only of small Craft belonging to that Port. The Mistake took its rise from a Fog which prevented a certain observation. I have the honor to acknowledge the Receipt of your favor of the 20th Instant which came to hand last evening, and remain with the greatest esteem and Regard, Yr Excellencys most obedient and very hble servt

Jno. Sullivan

LS, DLC:GW. Although GW’s secretary Robert Hanson Harrison docketed this letter in part as being “ansd,” no specific reply has been identified.

1See Lafayette to Sullivan, 23 Sept., in Sullivan to GW, 24 Sept., n.1.

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