George Washington Papers

To George Washington from William Heath, 30 September 1780

Newport September 30th 1780

Dear General

I am just honored with yours of the 26th instant. Shall prepare to set out for the Army as soon as possible.

The conduct of Major General Arnold is astonishing. I think it a kind interposition of Heaven that his traiterous designs were so seasonably discovered.

A Frigate arrived here the last night from France by the way of the West Indies. I apprehend Genl Rochambeau will give your Excellency all the news she has brought.

Enclosed is my last intelligence from Colo. Ledyard. I have the honor to be With great Respect your Excellencys Most obedient Servt

W. Heath

DLC: Papers of George Washington.


New London 29th Septr 1780


your agreable favour of the 21th Inst. duly recd & will pay due regard to its Contents, a Privateer belonging to this place arrivd here this day with a prize she took within Sandy Hook having On Board a Company of New Levies consisting of 50 Men which were bound from Staten Island to the Light House in order to Releive a guard there, by the officers of this Company am informed that Adml Rodney was to have sailed last Tuesday with the Squardron with him said to be Bound to join the Fleet under Command of Adml Arbuthnot now in Gardiners Bay, the Winds since untill Yesterday blowing Easterly suppose prevented, expect to se them now soon I Sent on a Guard Boat to Long Island last evening where the returns will inform you if any thing worthy noticed or if Adml Rodney appears, could wish the expresses might be directed to call on me as they pass which would not detain them at any time five Minutes Your Most Obt Servt

Wm Ledyard

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