George Washington Papers

To George Washington from John Mercereau, 27 September 1780

September 27: 1780


the Encloed I Receiv’d from New York yesterday, as soon as I Get the Accounts from the Other Correspondent I will Come with them myself this Day he was to Ride out on Long Island if the weather Dont hinder I shall send aperson over to him against he Can get the plan and other Accounts Ready assoon as I Receive them. Shall Loose No time, I Should have Come my Self this time but am Not well Enough to Ride that Distence and want to be here to get the others over I hope you will Receive this timely.

Six of Rodneys Ships Lay at the watering place the pilate of the Admirals Ship Says they are to Sail in three or four Days time, your most Obedient Umble Servant

John Mercereau

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Sept. 26th 1780


I am Sofar Recovered th[anks t]o Almity God for it as to Be able to walk out as far as the Dock I wish it was in my power to See you at this time as I thinck it would Be Doing my Country particular Service I have Done Every thing in my power in my present Condition to Collect all the news posable the troops to imbarck and which will imbarck this Day Consist Cheafly of Granides and Infantry togeather with Colnl Morrises Coar formerly Detached to the Artilery two Companies from Genl Skinners Coar and two from Generl Robertson’s three hundred Artilery and One hundred and thirty Enginear Carpenters under the Command of Capt. Smith of that Department they have taken near one thousand Baskets Do Pickaxes Do Light Shovels and a Larg Quantity of fashshians to throw Up works in a Instant not a Large Quantity of Shot and Shell which went on Board yesterday General Lesley it is said is to Be the fiting General and it is the oppinyon of Almost Every One that Rhoad Island is the place of theire Distination the troops Amount in all to near Eight Thousand which added to three Ridgts on Board Rodneys fleet will amount to near ten thowsand men Rodney has ordered the Lefortain formerly a french frigat of forty Guns and the Ohio and Gardeloop and Delicy put Into the Dilleware to Be Stationed theire and the Galletian to Cruse Between that and Bermudah they will Sail this Day they troops takes no more then three Schooners and two Sloops of the hors vessels with them and they take none But Artilery hors with them they have sixteen pontoons or Bridge Boats with them Simce takes none of his hors with him the Rainbow is Stationed as a Guard Vessel at the Hook and the [   ] in the North River You[   ]

Littel D.

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