Newport Sepr 11th 1780
I am just honored with yours of the 8th Instant. I am exceedingly Sorry to hear of the defeat of the Southern army. I fear it will enable the Enemy to extend their conquests in that quarter, or feeling themselves secure there they will withdraw a considerable part of their force to act elsewhere—either against the Army under your immediate command, or embolden them to make an attempt on the French army here.
Admiral Arbuthnot has return’d with his fleet nearly to his old station for a day or two past has been between montook-point and Gardner’s Island &ca. I have the honor to be, With the greatest respect Your Excellency’s Most obedient Servant
DLC: Papers of George Washington.