From Major Alexander Clough
Hackensack [N.J.] August 28—8 OClock 1
I have recd inteligance that Yesterday betwixt two and three in the afternoon a signell Gun was fire’d at New york upon which a hunderd and forty sail of transports fell down to the hook (this is certain thayr numbers where told by severl persons on bergan shore) where thay are bound I am not able to lern—the day before Brass cannon was sent on board transports in the north river likewise forage the person who gives me this acct saw it.
the Jew I sent to your exellency on suspesion of being a spy returnd to new york yesterday was senit [sennight] he was seen by a person who is well acquainted with him he boasts that he has been from camp to philedelphia undiscoverd. I am your Exellencys Most Obt Hbl. Ser.
1. The year is taken from the endorsement on the cover.