From Major General John Sullivan
Providence October 16th 1778
My Dear General
I Take this opportunity by Capt. Collins1 to Inform your Excellencey That The Fleet of thirty Sail mentioned in my former Letters2 turns out to be a wood Fleet Convoyed by five Ships of war There is nothing further worth your Excellenceys attention in this Department I have the honor to be Dear Genl with much Esteem your Excellencys most obedt Servt
ALS, DLC:GW. Sullivan wrote in the lower-left corner of the addressed cover: “favd by the Honble Capt. Collins.”
1. The bearer of this letter apparently was Rhode Island delegate John Collins, who had taken a leave of absence from Congress in late July or early August to go home to Rhode Island and who returned to Philadelphia about this time (see Henry Marchant to William Greene, 29 Sept. 1778, in Smith, Letters of Delegates description begins Paul H. Smith et al., eds. Letters of Delegates to Congress, 1774–1789. 26 vols. Washington, D.C., 1976–2000. description ends , 10:710–11, and Marchant to William Greene, 3 Nov. 1778, in Smith, Letters of Delegates description begins Paul H. Smith et al., eds. Letters of Delegates to Congress, 1774–1789. 26 vols. Washington, D.C., 1976–2000. description ends , 11:169–70). Collins was often called by the title of captain (see Nathanael Greene to James M. Varnum, 12 April 1779, in Greene Papers description begins Richard K. Showman et al., eds. The Papers of General Nathanael Greene. 13 vols. Chapel Hill, N.C., 1976–2005. description ends , 3:397–98).