George Washington Papers

From George Washington to Jonathan Trumbull, Sr., 7 November 1778

To Jonathan Trumbull, Sr.

Head Quarters Fredericksburg [N.Y.] 7th Novr 1778

Dr Sir

I am honored by yours of the 28th. I had, previous to the receipt of it, determined upon such a disposition of the Troops for the winter, as will serve the purposes you mention. As soon as the intentions of the Enemy are more clearly known I shall fix upon the places of cantonment, and assign the Troops to their respective Stations.

A Fleet of upwards of one hundred sail left the Hook on the morning of the 3d and supposed to be bound to the West Indies. I cannot ascertain the number of Troops on board. Whether a further embarkation from New York is to take place this fall, I am not able yet to determine; but as we have spies upon their motions, I expect soon to learn that they are preparing for it. I am, Dear Sir your most Obedient humble Servant

Go: Washington

LB, Ct: Trumbull Papers; Df, DLC:GW; Varick transcript, DLC:GW.

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