Head Quarters Morris Town 4th Apr 1780
I have been honoured with yours of the 20th ulto informing me of the necessity of detaining Leiut. Chapin of Colo. Sherburne’s Regt a few days beyond the limitation of his furlough.
The intelligence from Bilboa, which you were pleased to communicate, is of a very disagreeable nature, and if true in its extent, may be followed by serious consequences. It however appears that the Spanish Ships made a most gallant resistance.
I shall give directions to Major Perkins respecting the removal of the Continental Artillery and Stores to Springfield. I have the honour to be with great Respect Sir Yr most obt Servt
DLC: Papers of George Washington.