Morristown October 25th 1780 8 ck P.M.
I have the Honr to inclose Your Excellency a Philadelphia paper of Yesterday Containing some very favorable intelligence from the southward.
Sensible Your Excellency must feel great Anxiety on account of the deranged & Distressd Situation of our affairs in that Quarter, and esteeming it of vast importance that Your Excellency should have the earliest advice of every interesting occurrence, have dispatched an Express for that purpose—I most Sincerely Congratulate Your Excellency on the happy occasion And ardently hope it may be succeeded by a series of similar Events till our affairs shall be more than reinstated in the Southern States.
I take the liberty to add, it is my present intention to wait on your Excellency at Head Quarters some day Next week. With the most entire Consideration of Esteem, I have the Honr to be Your Excellency’s Most obedt and Very Humble Servt
P.S. it is reported here that a Certain Mr Ross of Virginia has lately been apprehended for inlisting Soldiers for the British Service—that he had in his possession a Commission of Brigadier Genl for himself and Blank Commissions for the officers of his intended Brigade—but I am uncertain how this account Comes So can Say nothing of its authenticity—There are various accts in private letters which speak some what more particularly of our Success at the Southward than what is published.
DLC: Papers of George Washington.