George Washington Papers

To George Washington from William Heath, 19 August 1780

Newport Augst 19th 1780

Dear General

Enclosed is an application from Lieut. Cooke, for leave to resign his Commission in Colo. Greenes Regiment, impaired health occasions his request.

The enclosed Letters from New London are just come to hand, I apprehend the enemy have some Small enterprise in contemplation.

The master of a vessel Just arrived at Dartmouth reports that he saw a Fleet of Sixty Sail off Nantucket, who or what they were is not known. I have the honor to be with the greatest respect your Excellencys most Obedient Servant

W. Heath

DLC: Papers of George Washington.


New London Augt 18. 1780.


The British fleet still continue at Gardiners Island, & are under sail every day anchoring again at night the same place—the 16th Six Ships came from the Westward & joined them, imagine one of them to be a Frigate, the others transports with provisions—yesterday Six or Seven Ships Sail’d from the Fleet to the Eastward.

By deserters from the Fleet & off the Island we learn that the enemy still hold up their going to Rhode Island & also that they have began to colect a Fleet at White Stone & that a number of Troops are at that place ready to embark, with what truth I can’t Say. I am with the greatest respect Sir Your Humle Servt

Th. Shaw


Camp Middletown 18th Augt 1780


Lt Cooke of my Regt has this Day made Application to me for a Recommendation To be Discharged from the Service—He complains that his Health and Abilities otherways Renders the Service very Disagreable to him—He has Served very faithfully while under my Command which has been more than three years, And if he Obtains a Discharge (which for the Above reasons I do recommend) It Undoubtedly Ought to be an Honle one. I am Sir, with great Respect your very Humle servt

C. Greene


Camp Middleton R. Island 19 August 1780.

To all Concearnd.

This ceartifies that Lieut. John Cooke, of the 1st R. Island Regiment, Commanded by Colonel C. Greene has made full Payment for all Clothg &c. &c. &c. that ever he Recievd from me. and according to my best Knowledge he is not indebted to the Publick.

Tho: Cole Pay Master

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