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Letter from Henry Lee to [Anthony Wayne?]
Lee, Henry, 1756-1818
December 26, 1779
Volume 14, Pages 239-240

[From Executive Letter Book.]

Light Infantry Camp, Second River, Dec'r 26th, 1779.

I have just returned from a position where I had a fine view, and distinctly counted 110 sail of Shipping standing out to Sea, one hundred and odd of which were large Ships.

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The first view I had was about One O'clock, when I could only discover six Vessels, which were a great way out and soon disappeared (they probably might be the rear of a large number). At half after one the Van of the other ships began to come in view, from their Anchoring ground in Sandy Hook Bay, and by 3 o'clock P. M. one hundred and four sail were out at Sea, which with the other six make the number 110. Two of the latter appeared to be Brigs, and got under way from New York about one o'clock P. M.

By a person who left New York the day before yesterday, I am informed that from ten to thirteen thousand Troops have embarked, among which are Lord Cathcart's Legion, and the greater part of the Horse, and that Sir Henry Clinton is certainly to take the command, whose place is to be supplied by Major General Pattison, the present Commandant of New York.

Three objects are mentioned, Viz., Chesapeake Bay, Norfolk, and Charleston, So. Carolina.

I again trouble you for the information of Congress. The second fleet left the hook on the 26th—100 sail, five ships of the line, two frigates, Admiral Arbuthnot. It is reported that Sir Henry is with the troops. They consist of Horse and Foot.

I have the honor to be, &c., &.,