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Ne C 2290 : Copy letter from Sir H. Clinton, H.M.S. 'London' off Chesapeake Bay [U.S.A.], to G.S. Germain, 1st Viscount Sackville; 29 Oct. 1781

His Majesty's Ship London
off Chesapeak 29th October 1781

My Lord,

Agreeable to the Information
which I had the Honor to give your Lordship
in my last Dispatch, the Fleet under the
Command of Rear Admiral Graves sailed
from Sandy Hook on the 19th Instant,
and arrived off Cape Charles the 24th.
When we had the Mortification to hear
that Lord Cornwallis had proposed Terms
of Capitulation to the Enemy on the 17th.
This intelligence was brought us by the
Pilot of the Charon and some other Persons,
who came off from the Shore and said
they had made their Escape from York
on the 18th and had not heard any firing
there since the day before. The Nymphe
Frigate also arriving the next day from