[dateline] Boston Feby. 27th. 1781
I wrote you a few days since1
by a ship which goes in Company with this of the success under Genl. Morgan in the
Caralinions Over the famous Tarleton. Since which we have the Agreeable Advize of
an Expedition of a 64 ship and <2 frigates>
part of the french fleet att Rd. Island, haveing been to Virginia in order to ketch
Genl. <Phillips and>
Arnold, which business they have compleated haveing saild from Rd. Island the 9th
and returned the 24th with the Romulous a 44 gun and 2 sloops of Warr, of the british
with 500 seamen prisoners. They distroyed the most of the transport, and brought of
there stores. The Enemy got ashore, but as the Virginians had been under Arms before
itts most likely they will be Obliged to surrender As they are deprived of every thing.
Itts said to be a plan concerted by Congress and Genl. Washington and has Answered
the happy effect. We cant but with gratfully2
Acknowledgments, Acknowledge the particular kind hand of heaven in the late successes
Over the Enemy in the southern goverments. We have not got all the particulars as
itt came but last Evening.—We hope in a post or two to have Advize from Virginia.
The dispute between Virginia and Maryland About the land Affair is settled and Maryland
delegates have signed the Confederacy.3
Itt is thought best that Vermont should be a seperate state and will or is Allready.4
—Mrs. Adams is well. Mrs. Smith has been confined to her Chamber a Month with a fever
but through the goodness of god, is geting better.
[salute] I am, Sr. Your Most hum. Servt.,
[signed] Isaac Smith
PS A french frigate is just arrived from france with a large sum of Money and the
Marrs from Nantes, with a prize, something Valuable.—Do let my friend M. Hadshon5
know I received his of the 8th Novr. Yours by said Conveyance is forwarded to Mrs.
of 2 sloops [of]
War, some Armed Transports with stores.6
The famous Capt. Paul Jones is Arrived att Phila.