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Title: Letter from Cork
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationarmy officer
Sender Religionunknown
OriginCork, Ireland
Recipient Genderunknown
Relationshipre American War of Independence
SourceThe Londonderry Journal & General Advertiser, Vol V. No.455, Tuesday, October 15th, 1776
ArchiveThe Ulster American Folk Park
Doc. No.9909032
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
LogDocument added by LT, 27:08:99.
Word Count254
TranscriptAnother letter from Corke [Cork?]
" I have the pleasure to acquaint you, that
this day a vessel arrived from New York, which
she left the 8th of September, when our troops
were in possession of Long Island; they took
about 1500 prisoners, and had killed upwards
of 1000 in attempting to make their escape to
New York, where they were intercepted by our
frigates; vast numbers were drowned in trying
to swim to the opposite shore, which is
about an English mile. Our troops sustained
but a trifling loss - A Mr. Reeves, and some
other officers, are come over in her. Every
thing was prepared to bombard the town when
the vessel came away, and not any sort of
doubt can be made of their succeeding. A
Mr. Gordon here has received a particular
account, but refuses to make it known till the
dispatches for England (which are gone
express) be some hours on their way. If I
mistake not, they had begun the bombardment as
this transport, which is an old East Indiaman
in government service, came off; they all fled
the instant our troops landed, but their retreat
was cut off by the frigates. I have been
informed by a gentleman who made his escape
in the night from New York, and came
passenger in the said vessel from thence, that they
are wretchedly [c-oa--ed?], and he was convinced
our conquest, notwithstanding the number of
troops in the town, would not be attended
with so great a loss as the attack on Bunker's