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George Bancroft, History of the United States from the Discovery of the American Continent, Vol. 10 2 0 Browse Search
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eemingly authorized by the American commanderin-chief. Time pressed on. Besides; Sir George Rodney had only looked in upon New York, and would soon return to the West Indies. On the evening of the eighteenth, Arnold, giving information that Washing- Chap. XVIII.} 1780. Sept. 18. ton on the following Saturday night was expected to be his guest at West Point, proposed that Andre should immediately come up to the Vulture, ship of war, which rode at anchor just above Teller's point, in Haverstraw bay, promising on Wednesday evening to send a person on board with a boat and a flag of truce. This letter of Arnold reached Clinton on Tuesday 19. evening, and he took his measures without delay. Troops were embarked on the Hudson river under the superintendence of Sir George Rodney, and the embarkation disguised by a rumor of an intended expedition into the Chesapeake. On the morning of the twentieth, the British ad- 20. jutant-general, taking his life in his hand, prepared to car