George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Nathaniel Shaw, 24 August 1780

From Nathaniel Shaw

New London [Conn.] Augst 24th 1780
Thursday 9 OClock A.M.


In my last1 I wrote you that the Brittish Fleet Saild last Satturday, and a Sloop belonging to this Port arived last Evening from the West Indias, and Informs me that he fell in with Twelve large Ships and three friggates, Seventy Mile Southward of Montaug,2 and Imagines they were bound to N. York, I make no doubt but that they were the Brittish Fleet,3 I am Sir your most Obedt hume Servt

Nathl Shaw


2Shaw is referring to Montauk Point at the far eastern end of Long Island, New York.

3The British fleet was cruising off Rhode Island to guard against any movement of the French fleet from Newport.

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