Williamsburg, June 26, 1782.
I received yesterday Your Excellency's letter of the 30th of May. You must have been apprised since that Sir Gu(y Carleton) has desired to make overtures to Congress and General Washington which have "been so ill received that Congress would not even grant a pass to his Secretary, having enacted a resolution to harken to no proposition unless for a solid peace, and with the concurrence (of the Allies)•
The intelligences which I have had of the engagement of the 12 April, tho' not official, are as bad as those you have received. Certain it is that the engagement was terribly warm and fought with the greatest obstinacy, that the British had several ships in reserve, and superior by that number, which conjointly with 3, three deckers, fell on the division commanded by de Grasse,
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