Highlands 10th April 1780
Since I wrote my letter, I have heard the Fleet yesterday had not sailed. That Flat Bottom’d Boats were collected in Harlem River, and at Fort Washington, that tho some Horses were Embarked, yet from the Delay of the Enemy, when winds courted their Sailing, it was thought that a Retrograde movement might be meant, and the more Especially, as all the Troops left in New York were under Marching Orders, at a moments warning. Tho this intelligence is not handed to me in a way very authentic yet I thought it my Duty, as I had an opportunity to Transmit it, the more particularly as I have several times had well founded accounts by the same Channel. I am Dr Sir Yr Excellency’s Most Ob. Servt
DLC: Papers of George Washington.