George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Nathaniel Shaw, 20 August 1780

From Nathaniel Shaw

New London [Conn.]
Augt 20 1780 Sunday 9 OClock P.M.


The British Fleet consisting of Sixteen Sail, came to sail from Gardiners Island Yesterday & stood for Rhode Island with a fair Wind & must have got their by the next morning—at the Same time Six Ships got under way & stood up Sound, and have returned & anchored again of[f] Plumb Island. We have sent a boat over to the Island to gain Intilligenc & shall expect her return to morrow morning. I am with the greatest respect Sir Your Humle Servt

Nathl Shaw

P.S. those Ships that are now att Plumb Island I Suppose were Those that Came from N. York.1



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