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Letter from Colonel Huntington to Governour Trumbull



Camp, New-York, July 3, 1776.

HONOURED SIR: Between two and three hundred cannon have been heard since one o' clock this afternoon. Our row-galleys have attacked the Phenix and Rose, which went up the North River the 12th of last month. Am expecting every moment to hear the event. The Rhode-Islanders went up with very strong desires of making some suitable returns to their friend Wallace for all the kind things he has heretofore done them. The river is so narrow the ships cannot bring a broadside to bear upon the galleys without being in danger of running ashore.

You will find in the enclosed paper an account of the arrival of a ship from France with a very valuable cargo, and some interesting articles of intelligence. The Duke de Chartres retaking one of our vessels from an English man-of-war may be big with important consequences. Forty-four ships have joined the British fleet at Staten-Island in the last six or seven days, and are probably the first embarcation mentioned in the letter from Philadelphia. There are about seven thousand men at Newark, Bergen-Point, Elizabethtown, and Amboy. I hope there are three times the number in all our other camps.

My letters are called for, therefore must conclude with, that I am your affectionate son,


To the Hon˙ Jonathan Trumbull, Esq˙, Lebanon.