George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Jean Holker, 10 August 1779

From Jean Holker

[Philadelphia, 10 Aug. 1779]

Extract of a letter from Mr Holker to Genl Washington. dated 10th Augt 1779.

“two reputable Gentlemen write me from Martinique that his Excellency Count D’Estaings Frigates have captured twenty three sail of Merchantment from Europe, two of which were laden with warlike Stores for Jamaica: moreover upwards of thirty small West India trading Vessels. private intelligence on which I am told to depend informs the Govr of Martinico that eight ships of the line, English, are so disabled as not to be refitted in the West Indies—Admiral Byron not being able to reach Antigua.”1

Copy (extract), enclosed in GW to Horatio Gates, 17 Aug. 1779, NHi: Gates Papers. A note on the docket of the extract copy indicates that the receiver’s copy had been dated at Philadelphia.

1For the operations of the French and British fleets in the West Indies, see John Jay to GW, this date, n.1.

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