From Lieutenant George Hurlbut
New Rochel [N.Y.]
30th Augst 78
May it please your Excellency
this forenoon their passed by this place, Bound EstWard, Six Sloops, two Sloops, put in Hempsted Bay1—the rest kep on after the Fleet—in the afternoon, passed one Schooner, & two Sloops—one Sloop had Troops on board, soon after two Ships, one of 20. Guns, the other a Transport, passed the same Course—No Guns heard in the Sound to day. I am your Excellencys very Hbl. Servt
1. Hurlbut meant Hempstead Harbor.