Head Quarters Bergen County 24 July 1780
I have been regularly favored with your several letters, two of the 22d and two of the 23d instant.
The intelligence I have received from different quarters is of the same nature as that of yours, and speaks of an embarkation destined against our allies at Rhode Island. The communications which you made to Major General Heath, on this subject, were very proper whether the enemy mean only demonstration for the purpose delaying our measures, or for serious operations in that quarter.
You will be pleased to order forward the militia from New Hampshire & Massachusetts, arrived and arriving at Claverac, to Fish-kill or the most eligible situation in its vicinity on either side the river. However as Claverac is considered as a place of rendezvous for the militia—it will be expedient to have a small deposit of provision at this post for temporary purposes.
I wish you immediately to put the troops under your command under orders to march at the shortest notice, and to concert measures with the quarter master to give the order efficiency as soon its execution becomes necessary. Pray inform me whether the arms from Albany arrived, and in what number. I am
DLC: Papers of George Washington.