George Washington Papers

From George Washington to Rear Admiral Ternay, 6 August 1780

To Rear Admiral Ternay

Hd Qrs [Peekskill] Augt 6th 1780


I have the honor to transmit you a letter which I have just received for you from The Chevalier De la Luzerne.1

Congress have directed a junction of the Continental frigates with your fleet, and for this purpose have put them under my orders.2 They were to rendezvous in the Delaware; from whence they were to proceed to join you. As this at present seems impracticable, I should be glad of your advice in what mode they may be usefully employed to your fleet; and that you will send me signals of recognizance for them. I request you will also impart these to the captains of the frigates in Boston Harbour, if they have not yet left that place.3 I have the honor to be with the greatest consideration Sir Your most Obed. & humble st.

Df, in Alexander Hamilton’s writing, DLC:GW; Varick transcript, DLC:GW.

3Ternay replied to GW on 10 Aug. (see also Ternay to GW, 8 Aug.).

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