White House June 28th 1780
A Friend to the common Cause who lives near East Chester confirms the above Account see enclosure given by Captain Lawrence—should any Intelligence worthy your Excellencies Notice fall within the compass of my Knowledge of the Movements of the Enemy on the River tis more than probable I shall be early acquainted with their Operations—In that case your Excelly shall have the most speedy intimation by Express. I am with great Respect your Excellencies most Obt hume Sert
Joshua H. Smith
DLC: Papers of George Washington.
Sunday Evening 1/2 past 6 June 27th 1780
Yours of this Morning Just came to my hands as I returnd from over the River it was told to me there in Confidence that Genl Sr Hy Clinton was at East Chester, that the most of the British Army were moving that way, that an Incursion in Connecticut was generally supposed by our friends & that Great part of the fleet were orderd up the Sound. I was this Morning opposite the fleet at Philips. the fleet Consisted of One Sloop of War Armd Snow. Eleven Square Rigd Transports of 20 Sail of the Mosquito fleet, the rest part of the fleet Were making the best of their way down to New York. a Number of Men are landed at Philips Live in Bush Hutts a few Marques & Tents Picket Guard extended two Miles near Abraham Vincents. Yours to Serve