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Skinner to Clinton

19th Feby. 1779


Yesterday the rebell army was to rejoice for the anniversary of their french alliance;

Mr. Washington was at Raritan (his return to Phila. as mentioned in my last was premature) & to boat to Pluckomin yesterday, near which their artillery is;

at Elizth. very few Officers most of them gone to Pluckomin, and will not return till tomorrow or next day;

nothing new from the southward, they give out that we can’t advance from Georgia;

its confirmed that at Philada. a french Gent. was kill’d in a duel last week with one of Maxwell’s Capts.

They are laboring hard at Philada. in getting Materials &c for ship’s they intend a 64 & 40 & several Others;

the guns are casting they have a great number of (they say 1400) Carpenters at work at 12/ hard money Pr. Day who are also exempt from Military duty but are bound to their ship yards.

I am

Your Excellencys
most Obt.
hul. servt.

Sr. Henry CLINTON &c.

University of Michigan, William L. Clements Library, Sir Henry Clinton Papers, Volume 52, item 43.

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