From Captain Epaphras Bull
Motts Mills [N.Y.]
6 OClock Friday morning [28 August 1778]1
I have to Inform your Excellency that the Fleet of Transports which lay at Frogs Neck have this morning made their appearence Round the Point they are now lying at Anchor, they are so Intersperced amonge the Islands that it is difficult to Assertain their Number their appears to be near 20 Ships I shall Acquaint your Excellency of there first movement, the Fleet mentioned in my Report of Last Evening, at the Etward are now Coming down before the Wind their is 50 Sail which I have Counted this Morning 5 of which appears to be Ships the Others Brigs Sloops &c. I hope in a few hours to be able to give your Excellency a better Acct.
N:B. the Transports now lying near Frogs Neck, appeard thire when I first came down this morning & am not Certain whether they did not go past in the Night from the Etward tho I think it very Improbable. I have the Honour to be your Excellencys most Obt Hble servant
1. The date is taken from a docket on the cover. James Mott (1742–1823) built a tide mill at the mouth of the Premium River in 1775.