Freehold Monday Morning 13th Augt 1781
Agreable to my engagemints to Your Excly in my letter of Saturday Evening the 11th Inst. I went to Shrewsbury Yesterday Morning with a Small Guard—but could not procure That Clear Intiligence that I Could Wish—at Elevin OClock last Evening I was hand the enclosed, sent me by a person in whose Integrity I have the fullest Confidance—I shall be happy to be Informed whether Your Exclys Accts from New York Correspond with those I forward. I have The Honr to be Your Exclys Most Obdt Humble Servt
DLC: Papers of George Washington.
July 7th 1781
List of Admiral Graves’s Squardron
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The Royal Oak of 74 is Dock at Hallifax.
c.13 August 1781
By a Person from S. Hook to Day about two OClock, who was in Company with the fleet that Come in yesterday, we have the following. The Fleet is from Europe, with troops, their reports say 3000, tho in all probability not more than half the number; as it is very evident they are the Hessian recruits, that were to Sail some time ago, & came North about, in order to Escape the Channel fleets They have two prizes, viz., the Saratoga, & Trumbull, the latter of which appears to be much shatter’d, taken by the Trio.
Their Convoy consists of one Ship, (not of the Line) & two or three frigates.