Head Quarters New Windsor 13th Decr 1780
I have to inform your Excellency, that I have received an account from New York, that another embarkation was preparing at that place. The detachment which appears to be about 2500 Men is to be commanded by Generals Knyphausen and Phillips. The destination was not publicly known, but supposed to be to the Southward. This information does not come to me thro’ a Channel on which I perfectly depend. Should I receive it through one on which I have more confidence, I shall not fail to communicate my intelligence to your Excellency. I have the honor to be with the highest Esteem Yr Excellency’s most obt Servt
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