Document ReferenceNe C 2303
TitleLetter from Sir H. Clinton, New York [U.S.A.], to H.F.C. Pelham-Clinton, 2nd Duke of Newcastle under Lyne; 15 Oct. c.1781
Date Of Creation15 October 1781
Extent2 ff
LevelItem/file
Content DescriptionReports that La Grasse is in possession of Chesapeake Bay and Cornwallis invested by Washington 'the only way to succcour his Lordship and bring things to some issue afterwards is to go to him, in this all the Generals concur'; expects his provisions to last until the middle of November at least; comments on Admiral Graves' strength; observes, 'If L. C's army falls I shall have little hope of seeing British Dominion reestablished in America, as our Country cannot replace that army'; hopes to try to join with Lord Cornwallis and then attack Washington, 'at all events if I succeed in succouring L. Cornwallis...it is my intention to resign the command to him'; expresses his dissatisfaction with the naval situation.

Year identification is based on research of C. Priestly; original letter only gives day and month.
Termmilitary campaigns, North America 1781
naval actions, North America 1781

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Persons
CodePersonNameDates of Existence
NA11332Cornwallis; Charles (1738-1805); 1st Marquess Cornwallis1738-1805
NA9443Washington; George (1732-1799); Mr; 1st President of United States1732-1799
NA11334Graves; Thomas (1725-1802); Baron Graves (Irish); Irish Honours; M.P. and admiral1725-1802
NA11346Grasse; Francois Joseph de (1722-1788); Count de Grasse; French admiral1722-1788
NA446Clinton; Henry (1738-1795); Sir; K.B. 1777; M.P.; commander-in-chief in America 1776-78; governor of Gibraltar 1794-95; cousin of 2nd Duke of Newcastle under Lyne1738-1795
NA968Clinton; Henry F.C. Pelham- (1720-1794); 2nd Duke of Newcastle under Lyne; also styled 9th Earl of Lincoln from 1730; born Clinton, but assumed Pelham-Clinton in 1768 as 2nd Duke of Newcastle under Lyne1720-1794
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