George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Robert Howe, 20 June 1780

Highlands 20th June 1780

Dear Sir

A confidential Agent in New York whose Letter is dated the 18th Inst: confirms the Arrival of Genl Clinton and Admiral Arbuthnot with the Return of a considerable Body of Troops from Charles Town & a Fleet of seventy Sail—He says that many of the Officers had been on Shore, but none of the Troops—That they talk great Things against the Jerseys, & confidently of attacking this Post—the latter he thinks by the Nature of their Preparations to be their principal Aim. They took momentarily for a French Fleet—The 80th Regt went from York to Staten Island some Days since—Their Fortifications at Brookline and Curtis’s Hook are finish’d—They have so thin’d New-York of Troops, that their Militia mount the Guards—& something important momentarily is expected. A small Party of Clinton’s Brigade came in yesterday—the whole yet here does not exceed three Thousand. I have not remanded the Militia—our Situation requires them, as they can forward our Works. Rely upon it Sir, my Exertions shall not be wanting & that my Soul is in a Cause, of which I glory in being a Servant.With every Sentiment of Regard & Respect I am my Dear General your Excellency’s most obedient Servant

Robt Howe

Strange it is I do not hear from ——. No Militia yet arrived.

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