The Virginia Gazette

Today in the 1770s: August 27

Oyster Ponds, August 27, 1775.
SIR, "Your favour of the 11th instant, came duly to hand, and I should have sailed for Haerlem, without loss of time, had I not received the following important intelligence from General Washington, viz. "August 23, 1775. Yesterday I received advice that a number of transports have sailed on a second expedition, for fresh provisions. As they may pursue the same course, only advancing further, we think Montaug Point, on Long Island, a very probable place of their landing; I have therefore thought best to give you the earliest intelligence; but I do not mean to confine your attention or vigilance to that place; you will please to extend your views as far as the mischief may be probably extended." (There follows in detail the route of the British ships up Long Island Sound.) I am, Sir, Your most obedient humble servant, DAVID WOOSTER To P. V. B. Livingston, Esq. President, etc.

Virginia Gazette (Dixon & Hunter) September 16, 1775

About this entry:

Peter V. B. Livingston was a prominent New York City merchant who supplied military expeditions during the French & Indian War and signed the Non-Importation Agreement in protest to the Sugar Act of 1764. He was a member of the committee to choose delegates from New York to attend the first Continental Congress in 1774. He was presiding officer of the New York Provincial Congress in 1775. David Wooster was a major-general in the Connecticut militia who died during the battle at Ridgefield, CT in May of 1777.

Sources: Kail, Appleton

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