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Letter from William Sharpe to Thomas Burke
Sharpe, William, 1742-1818
August 28, 1779
Volume 14, Pages 199-200

[From Executive Letter Book.]

Philadelphia, August 28th, 1779.

Dear Sir:

I most heartily congratulate you on the success of Maj. Lee against Paulus' Hook. The very difficult approaches and the very dangerous retreat make it, if possible, a more brilliant affair than that of Stoney Point, the particulars of which you will see in one of the enclosed papers. Gen. Washington and Maj. Lee's Letters came to hand yesterday, accompanied by the British Standard, but too late to have a place in this morning's paper.

The new minister has not arrived at this place. No news from Europe since you left us. None from the West Indies.

No certain accounts of the surrender of Penobscot; reported that it surrendered on the 5th Instant. I think it may be depended on that Arbuthnot arrived in New York in the beginning of the week. It is said he has about 4,000 Troops.

Last evening one of Blair McClenahan's armed vessels arrived, took one of Arbuthnot's Fleet off Egg Harbour and sent it into

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the River. She will be up to-day. It is said her Cargo consists of a number of pieces of Brass Artillery, of cloathing, Tea, Silks, &c., of great value.

Nothing of importance done in Congress since your departure. Have now taken up the subject for stopping further Emissions.

Sir, Your most obed't Serv't,