Light Camp November the 8th 1780
Here is a letter from [Mercereau] which says very little, and the little which is said in it I don’t take to be true—But thought I had better send his scroll to head Quarters—I have sent him word that there was no monney for such intelligences as these.
Captain Ogden told me that one of our Jersay spies had lately writen to you—I have directed him to go to head quarters and report of some thing Relating to a letter from Arnold—The circumstance which Ogden mentions of Sir Henry going to Long island with his Baggage seems to indicate a speedy embarkation under the Commander in chief.
From what I have been able to ascertain, (whatever may be said By the ennemy) it seems that the surprise of Staten island would have been Compleat.
if a friendly fleet has Really been seen to the South ward I am inclin’d to Believe they are the Spaniards who had been directed to attak Pensacola. With the most Respectfull and affectionate sentiments I have the honor to be, My dear General Yours
P.S. The inclos’d came from [Mercereau]. L.f.