To Benjamin Harrison
Jan. 2. 1781.
I have this moment received a confirmation of the arrival of a hostile fleet consisting of 19. ships, 2 brigs and 10 sloops and schooners. The advance of the fleet were yesterday morning in Warrasqueak bay, and just getting into motion up the river with a favorable wind and tide. Their destination from the intelligence of deserters and some captured mariners whom they put on shore is up James river. I beg the favor of you to communicate this intelligence to the General assembly and have the honor to be with the most perfect respect Sir your most obedt. servt.,
RC (DeHi); addressed and docketed: “Governors Letter January 2d. 1781. respecting the Enemys advance up Jas: river. to lie on table.” FC (Vi).