George Washington Papers

From George Washington to Major General William Heath, 21 October 1778

To Major General William Heath

Head Quarters Fredericksburgh 21st Otbr 1778

Dear sir.

I transmitted you, by a letter of yesterday, all the intelligence I then had, respecting the movements of the enemy in New-York. I now send you by this conveyance, extracts of a letter from Lord Stirling, and the report of a spy, which contain my latest information upon the subject.1 I am D. Sir. Your most hble servt

Go: Washington

p.s. I have the pleasure to inform you, that the taking of Dominica by the French is confirmed—The articles of capitulation upon the occasion were agreed to on the 7th of Septr Ult. and have just reached camp.2

LS, in James McHenry’s writing, MHi: Heath Papers; Df, DLC:GW; Varick transcript, DLC:GW. GW franked the addressed cover of the LS. The postscript is not included on the draft and the Varick transcript.

1GW apparently enclosed copies or extracts of Stirling’s letter to him of 19 Oct. and some or all of its several enclosures.

2For these articles of capitulation, which were signed on 7 Sept., see GW to d’Estaing, this date, and note 3 to that document.

Index Entries