George Washington Papers

To George Washington from William Livingston, 16 September 1780

Trenton 16 Sepr 1780

Dear Sir

I this moment received a Letter from Collo. Holmes of the 14th which the following is an extract.

"Yesterday afternoon a Fleet came too, back of Sandy hook, & by informations this day received, it is Admiral Rodney with twelve sail of the Line & 4 Frigates. The Person that gave me this Intelligence, says that the French Fleet from the West Indies are on the Coast, & that five thousand British Troops are embarking at New York destined for Virginia. They are to sail for the 25th Instant. A Ship went from the hook to New York this morning said to be a French Frigate taken by Admiral Rodney’s Fleet."

Tho’ your Excellency has probably had the Intelligence of Admiral Rodney’s Arrival, & undoubtedly of the rest of Colonel Holmes’ Information, I thought it my duty to the public in an affair of such Moment, not to rely on Probabilities but to dispatch an Express to your Excellency on the Occasion & have the honour to be with the greatest respect Dear Sir your Excellencys most obedient Serv.

Wil. Livingston

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