Fish Kill 29th July 1780
I have just received the Intelligence which the following Extracts both dated the 28th Instant will give your Excellency—"A British Fleet is now in the Sound—The Fleet consists of fifty Sail of Transports, & has on Board eight thousand Land Forces—they are bound for Rhode Island—They are just come to an Anchor off Huntington Bay—it is said they have left above five thousand Troops in New York"—The other Emissary says—"Eight Thousand Troops are embarked & are under Sail for Rhode Island—Three Troops of Horse are on Board—from what Corps I cannot say—Some Troops of Militia Horse with the Queen’s Rangers have march’d Eastward to South Hold—They enact their Provisions of the Inhabitants, several of which have been kill’d; & make dreadful Work—The Fleet consists of fifty Sail, thirty of which [are] square rigg’d, & many of them large. They are at anchor off Huntington Bay."
This Sir is what my Spies tell me—they are good ones & may be depended on—& I transmit their Information by Express.
I am now with the Baron settling every necessary Matter, & have been with the Quarter Master—The mo[re] rapid Measures are taking to moving downwards, & not a Moment shall be lost—your Excellency shall hear from me more fully—I do not now wish [to] detain the Express. I am Dear Sir with the greatest Respect your Excellency’s most obedient
DLC: Papers of George Washington.