Anthony Wayne to George Washington
Mount Kemble, New Jersey, 25 December 1780.Autograph letter signed, 4 pages.[
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Washington .Dear GeneralThe accounts from New York are so contradictory that very little Credit is to be given toanything we hear, the present (or late
) Embarkation (for it is yet a moot point) is the fourthalteration of Corps & Commanders, within these three weeks, which Induces me to believe thatthey only wish to amuse us, by some trifling Manoeuvre – or to mask the real Embarkation &Destination [
]Upon the rec
. of the Inclosed letters which was the night before last  last I dispatchedMajors Moore & Fishbourn to Elizabeth town to endeavour to [
: determinwhether the] [
: come at the] Certainty [
: sailed or lossd] [
: of their sailing]They returned late last night, & report that 20 Transports with three Frigates fell downtowards the Hook the 20.
B Robinson & the Cartell Arnold went on board together, [
: the same day] Simcoe Commands, but as I have not yet heard anyIntelligence from Amboy where a Constant look out is kept I am at a loss to Determine whether they have sailed or not – if they have they can be but few & their Compound  compound of Simcoes Robinson’s and one or two other trifling New raised CorpsI believe that Arnold was Certainly in New York a Saturday afternoon i.e. the 23.
a person [
] who was present when he enlisted three refugees from Bergen that day at threeOClock [
: in the afternoon], came out the same Evening, with the Inclosed Queries, towhich he rec.
a proper answer – I promise myself some Advantage not from his friendship or Virtue – but from his VillainyI don’t know where the boats are but have directed Col
. Shreve to secure  secure themin his rear, if not not already in a safe position –
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