Philadelphia June 12. 1780
I am this Hour honoured with your Excellency’s Favour of the 10th Instant.
The last Evening I received Intelligense from Governor Livingston somewhat similar, respecting the Movements of the Enemy in the Jerseys, which was communicated to Congress & President Reed, that the Militia of this State might be in readiness to march on the shortest Notice from your Excellency.
President Reed informs me this Day, that the light Horse in this City, & the Militia in several Counties in this State, are ordered to be in readiness to march on the shortest Notice. We are still in Suspense, having no certain Accounts respecting the Fate of Charlestown, but a Variety of reports in Contradiction to each other.
I do myself the Honour to enclose a Paragraph extracted from the Williamsburgh Gazette of the 3d Instant, which is one of the latest Pieces of Intelligence, and puzzling, & problematical as others heretofore received. I have the honour to be with every Sentiment of respect and Esteem your Excelly’s most hbble servt
DLC: Papers of George Washington.
In great haste, I can tell you that yesterday an Abstract of a Letter came here from the Southward, which says that on the 9th 10th & 11th Instant there was a heavy Cannonade at Chas Town on the 12 Genl Lincoln sent out a Flagg, offering to the Enemy Terms of Capitulation, which were, That if they would agree to a Cessation of Arms for Ten Days, that he & his Garrison might March out & carry with them their Stores &c. he would deliver up the Town, this it is said, the Enemy agree to, we in this place wait with great impatience to know the Truth of this Important Matter.