Newark 11th Novr 1780
Being appointed to the command at this place think it my duty to communicate to your Excelency every inteligence of importance that comes to my knowledge—I am well informed the Enemy intends to make a push into our salt Meadows in order to take of all the salt hay they can come at, if such a thing should take place it will greatly distress the inhabitants of this place & the adjasant country who are much dependant on the Salt Hay, since they have spared so much Forrage to our Army.
If my information be true they mean to come next week on this excurtion, & if your Exelency thinks proper to afford us any Assistance we Shall gladly axcept it. I am ready to think the Militia will turn out very generally on Such an occation—if your Exelency should have any instructions to send shall gladly except and obey them.
I hereby send a N. York Paper of the 8th instant I expected to have Sent a mess of Fish by the bearer but was disappointed by the fikes being robed two or three days past if possible shall send some tomorrow. I am Sir Your Excelencys most & very Humble Servt
John Ogden Capt.
DLC: Papers of George Washington.