George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Major General Stirling, 13 November 1778

From Major General Stirling

Elizabeth Town [N.J.] Novr 13: 1778

Dear Sir

I wrote your Excellency the Evening before last; and have been impatiently watching the motions of the Enemy Since, they will not let me get any thing from Staten Island. But I have this Instant received the enclosed report from Amboy1 by which it appears their third Embarkation is begining to move, the thirty Eight Sail which fell down to the hook yesterday Afternoon I make no doubt will be followed, this Mornings Tide, by the rest that were at the Watering place, which by the last Accots were Upwards of one hundred Sail. I have not yet been Able to unravel the Mystery of the “the Commander in Cheif being Absent from N. york.” I am most Sincerely your Excellencys Most Humble Servant


The Wind is now at South they Cannot go out while it Continues so.


1The enclosed report has not been identified.

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