[dateline] Boston Octobr. 29. 1781
[salute] Dear Sir
In my last I informed You of the Enemy's taking a Post in Virginia.1
At that Time they were in possession of Georgia and Charlestown and had overrun the
greater part of S. Carolina. I have the Pleasure to inform You, That American Government
is now again settled in Georgia, that the Enemy are confined to Charlestown in S.
Carolina and that on the 18th. Inst. York Town and Gloucester the only places in Virginia
the Enemy were in possession of there, surrenderd with the Army under Command of Genl.
Cornwallis to our illustrious Genl. Washington. Count de Grasse commanded by Water
with a Fleet of 36 Sail of Men of War. 1 Ship of 44 Guns, 1 of 32, some smaller Armd
Vessells and 100 Sail of Transports were captured also 9000 Soldiers and Seamen composing
the Garrison.—Count De Grasse arrived in the Chesapeak in the Beginning of September.
The British Fleet consisting of 18 or 20 Ships of the Line followed De Grasse, attacked
him, receivd a severe drubbing, lost one or more Ships and returned to New York sadly
maimed. The particulars of this Engagement youll probably have before this reaches
I have not Time to give You particulars; arriving in Town this Afternoon and hearing
that a French Frigate was under sailing orders, stole a Moment just to give You this
Information (which may be relied on for Truth) and also to tell You that Your Family
was this Morning well. Mrs. Adams received some Articles by Brown and Skinner who
Newman also has arrived and last Night Somes from Copinhagen came into port.
[salute] Fine Crops this Year—Plenty of Provisions—Paper Money abolished &c. Yr. Affct. Friend
& Obt. Sert.,