<br /> Lee Letter: n129

Washington and Lee University

Sender: George Washington
Recipient: Henry Lee

Dr Sir:

We have received advice from New York of the arrival of Admiral
Greaves at the Hook with six sail of the line the 13th. We think it
very extraordinary if the fleet has arrived that we should have heard
nothing of it from you. Should you not have sent off an account before
this comes to hand, immediately dispatch a dragoon to confirm or
contradict the report, for it may be very injurious to us to remain in
suspense. The dragoon must be charged to make all possible dispatch.
You will have relays of horses at Chatham, Brunswick, Monmouth and such
intermediate places as you think proper to give us instant advice of
whatever occurs; two horses at each place.

We have intelligence that the French fleet appeared off Rhode Island the
afternoon of the 10th; if Greaves should have arrived it will be a new
motive for conveying your dispatches on Board the French fleet as quick
as you can; but be circumspect in your manner of doing it.

I am
etc.1

Notes:

1 The draft is in the writing of Alexander Hamilton.