Head Quarters Orange Town 21st Augt 1780.
I recd yours of yesterday morning last evening. It is unfortunate that Lt B—— could not bring off C—— juns. dispatches, as I imagine they were of consequence. You will therefore endeavour to procure them as soon as possible.
I have information from another quarter, that Sir Henry Clinton had gone towards the East end of Long Island, and that the troops at Whitestone were again embarking. Should the last piece of intelligence reach you, well authenticated, you will be pleased to transmit it immediately to Genl Heath at Newport, as well as to me, as you will always do any thing which seems to interest the French Army and Navy.
If there are any other Continental Crews upon the sound besides those under Lt B——’s directions, they are there without my knowledge. You will therefore desire him in my name to take what hands he wants from them, and to report who the others are and what business they are upon. I am Dear Sir Yr most obt Servt
NN: Papers of George Washington.