George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Marie-Joseph-Paul-Yves-Roch-Gilbert du Motier, marquis de Lafayette, 11 November 1780

Light Camp November 11th 1780

Dear General

From Doctor Burnet I have Receiv’d intelligence that there has been a very hott press in Newyork, and that Admiral Rodney is going to sail—If we Believe the Report, the Mayor himself was with the press gang and the Cartmen were taken in the streets which shows that they are in hurry to set out—I am taking the Best Measures I Can to hear from the islands, But nothing may be so certain as the accounts of the unknown gentleman who, I hope, will be prevail’d upon to Return to the City. I am surpris’d we don’t hear from Europe. I have the honor to be most Respectfully and affectionately dear general Yours



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