Ronolopen 21st July 1780
I informed your Excelly in my advice of yesterday that the British fleet after playing off & on had returned to port on the 18th.
They sailed again in the evening & night of the same day; bearing their course southerly. On the 20th in the afternoon, some were seen on their return; from this, it was concluded the whole Fleet were following. But three frigates only reached the hook this Morning. It is believed the fleet [ ] to the West indies.
Capt. Devries will explain to your Excellency the report of a small reinforcement leaving the hook for [ ]. I have the honor to be with the most perfect respect your Excellys most h. sert
Henry Lee Junr
DLC: Papers of George Washington.