George Washington Papers

To George Washington from David Forman, 13 August 1781

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

David Forman

DLC: Papers of George Washington.


July 7th 1781

List of Admiral Graves’s Squardron

London   98   Graves’s Flag Ship
Bedford 74 Comm: Affleck
Robust 74
Europe 64
Amarica 64
Prudent 64
Chatham 50
Adamant 50
Charon 44
Assureance 44

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.

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