White House June 27th 1780
The enclose’d just came to hand from Captn Lawrence, it contains the number of the enemies vessels & land forces in the river. I have the honour to be your most Obedient humble sert
DLC: Papers of George Washington.
June 26th 1780
Mr Lawrence has returnd from the Mountain the list of the Vessels you have at Bottom, they have been considerably augmented last night, or yesterday, Capn Blauvelt went over the river this afternoon, one of our good friends Informd him that Genl Clinton was momentarily expected on board the fleet with a Reinforcement and that their object was the Fort that 5000 Troops were certainly on board the fleet who kept themselves as Close as possible Mr Lawrence could see but very few. I have no more to add save that I am with respect Your Humble Servant
J. Lawrence Junr
200 Ships 1 of them Sloop of War
1 Snow transport
1 Do Privateer
14 of Musqueto fleet
Mr Bell the bearer has often been engagd as express Rider as you have orders & I none please to Engage him for me.