Head Quarters 18th Sepr 1780
Mercerau arriv’d late last night with the inclosed. He says the Fleet lay yesterday morning within the point of the Hook, he beleives taking in both Wood and Water. It is most certainly Rodney. The passports for the Flag came out last Evening, that from the Navy is signed in the following particular manner.
Gen. Gayton Senior Officer in the absence of Sir Gen. Rodney who is at Sandy Hook—
A deserter from the Fleet says they came from Antigua where they left five sail of the line. He knows nothing of Walsingham with the remainder. He most probably is gone down to Leeward as the paper mentions. Genl Greene has communicated the substance of Merceraus intelligence to Congress, and I shall inform Gov. Jefferson, by the post, of what information we have gained since your Excellency’s last letter to him.
Be pleased to let the Marquis know, that agreeable to his desire, I informed the Chevr de la Luzerne of the certain arrival of Rodney. I have the honor to be
Rodney had 18 days passage. Fleet healthy and well-manned. only one frigate came from the West Indais.
DLC: Papers of George Washington.