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Skinner to Clinton


This Morning I gott the following Acct. from Jersey

“You wd. have compleatly Surprized Maxwell, had you not lett Hez. Woodruff escape, he brought the intelligce. & then they had but just time to gett away. Their No. About 450 in the town who were immediately much dispersed, but at the close when the Guns were fired on the Meadows they had mostly collected, except Maxwell who its sd. went off on the first Alarm, & was not to be found. When your troops Embarked, I then went off least I should be Noticed. Their loss they say is one killed & two or three wounded, Coll: Ogden in the thigh & a Capt. in the Arm both slightly. They Confess it a lucky escape, but give themselves great Creditt in Compelling you to retreat & leave the cattle behind you will hear a pompous Acct. in the Papers; Nothing new its sd. to keep up the peoples spirits that Spain has lent the Congress 7 Million (Now Arrived) & all their Paper is to be sunk.”

I am Your Excellency’s

Most Obt.
hul. servt.

26: Feb. 1779.


University of Michigan, William L. Clements Library, Sir Henry Clinton Papers, Volume 53, item 6.

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