George Washington Papers

From George Washington to Major General John Sullivan, 29 October 1778

To Major General John Sullivan

Head Quarters Fredericksburgh October 29th 1778

Dear Sir,

I last night received your favour of the 26th with the inclosed paper of intelligence—Every thing that tends to show the state and expectations of the Garrison at Rhode Island is highly interesting at this eventful juncture. You will have found by my last,1 that the fleet which sailed from the Hook did not contain the embarkation as was supposed—These troops still lay in the bay by my last advices.

I inclose you the copy of a resolution of Congress of the 22d instant which came to hand yesterday.2 I am with great regard and esteem Dr Sir Your most Obedt servt.

Df, in Alexander Hamilton’s writing, DLC:GW; Varick transcript, DLC:GW. Sullivan replied to this letter on 4 Nov. (DLC:GW).

2A copy of this resolution of 22 Oct. ordering Horatio Gates to take command of the eastern department had been enclosed in Henry Laurens’s letter to GW of 23 Oct.; see also JCC description begins Worthington Chauncey Ford et al., eds. Journals of the Continental Congress, 1774-1789. 34 vols. Washington, D.C., 1904–37. description ends , 12:1038.

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