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[Note: Some of the intelligence reported in this letter is incorrect.]

Newyork Sunday noon April 25th 1779


this morning By Sunrise the forty second thirty third and two Bats. of Gards Imbarked On Board flat Boats for Some place and I Believe Amboy as they Have taken Gides for that place Colonel BARTENs [Barton's] and BUSKERKs [Buskirk's] Battallions are to Go with them and three Redgts. of Hessions are to Draw provisions for Six Days tomorrow morning.

I have Greate Reason to Believe they are Bound for Amboy as Govener FRANCKLIN [Franklin] is made major Genl. of all they new Leves and Likewise Commander of them.

He Hath oppointed HATFIELD Sherref of the County Sqr. FORSTER Judg of the Coarts and all the other Sivil officers are Chosen But CORNELIUS Has His Commition I have Seen it and He Swares He will Hang Every one of those Committumen and Others that Have Sworn to the King and Congress Boath and then taken arms against the Kings after words of this Does not Reach you to night you will Have the papers with it to morrow the packet is arrived and Brings news of twelve thousand troops Comeing to America British and two Do of Hessians nothing But slaughter is to Be Depended on this Summer I Shall Stay in York my Self as I Dare not Come to the Island During the Imbarkation or moovements they are taking A number of Heavy Cannon On Board Transports Supposed to fortify At amboy.

Library of Congress, George Washington Papers, Series 4, Reel 57, 25 March 1779 26 April 1779.

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