George Washington Papers

From George Washington to Samuel Huntington, 14 November 1780

To Samuel Huntington

Head Quarters Passaic Falls 14th Novemr 1780


I have just received advice that Admiral Rodney’s Fleet, with the transports which have been sometime preparing, fell down to the Hook on saturday last. The number of troops on board is not yet ascertained. It is said that Major General Phillips commands the detachment, but I have it not sufficiently vouched, to make it a matter of certainty—Their destination is generally believed to be to the Southward1—I expect more circumstantial intelligence shortly.2 I have the honor to be with the highest Respect Your Excellency’s most obt and humble Servt

Go: Washington

LS, in Tench Tilghman’s writing, DNA:PCC, item 152; Df, DLC:GW; copy, DNA:PCC, item 169; copy, MdAA, Red Book, vol. 7; Varick transcript, DLC:GW. Congress read GW’s letter on 17 Nov. (JCC description begins Worthington Chauncey Ford et al., eds. Journals of the Continental Congress, 1774-1789. 34 vols. Washington, D.C., 1904–37. description ends , 18:1068).

1For the intelligence regarding the movement of British admiral George Rodney’s fleet on Saturday, 11 Nov., see Lafayette’s second letter to GW, 13 Nov., n.14; see also Lafayette to GW, 11 Nov., n.3, and GW to Rochambeau, this date.

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