George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Henry Knox, 11 April 1782

Elizabeth Town 11th April 1782

my dear General

We are here yet, but have brought our business to no kind of conclusion. We have detained Colonel Smith, with the intent to send by him a particular report of our proceedings, and that he might be able to fully explain every thing to your Excellency[.] I write this note just to inform you of the arrival of a large fleet from charlestown which came in yesterday. they consist of about 130 sail, of victualles, from Europe, and the trade of Charlestown which has come here to go to Europe under convoy.

The albacore sloop of war arrived also Yesterday in 30 days from Jamaica. she has come express upon some important business. we shall expect to hear today the substance of the intelligence she has brought as Mr Elliot is expected every hour from New York, he having gone there Yesterday upon some points which we submitted to the Commissioners—We are in hopes to be able to leave this place in four or five days when we shall have the honor to inform you of our transactions. Genl Dalrymple assures us that the Garrison of Charlestown [is] not aboard the fleet which has arrived—[if] any thing important should transpire it shall be immediately communicated to your Excellency. I have the honor to be [with] great respect and attatchment Your Excellencys Humble Servant

H. Knox

Mr Morris, pays his respects to your Excellency.

DLC: Papers of George Washington.

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