Head Quartersrs Col. Deys house. 11th June 1780
Its coming from New–York, and from tolerable authority, that the french fleet have been seen, and are hourly expected, you will be pleased to repair to this place, with all practicable dispatch, bringing with you, such pilots as may be acquainted with the navigation into the Harbour of New–York. If these are not at hand or in perfect readiness, you will not delay on this account, but direct them to follow you. I am sir your obt & hble servt.