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. These accounts are taken virtually verbatim from London newspapers published on or
about 14 Nov.; see, for example, the London Courant
of the 14th. Adm. Sir George Rodney, however, did not reach New York until 14 Sept.,
and did not return to the West Indies until 16 November. During that period, rather
than making a futile assault on the entrenched French army at Newport, Rodney provided
a covering force for 2,500 troops under Gen. Alexander Leslie sent by Clinton to the
Chesapeake to draw American forces away from Cornwallis (Mackesy, War for