New London Feby 6th 1781
I wrote you per post last Week Informing of the Disaster the British Fleet mett with, by the Storm on the 22 Ulto. Since that I observe they have Rigg’d the Dismasted Ship with Jury Masts, the Ship that drove on Shore is Intirely lost, and the Ship that is Missing has not Return’d Since—This day a Friggate Saild from the Brittish Fleet and their Remains now att Anchor Three Large Ships & the Bedford Dismasted, Two Ships of Sixty Four Guns & One of Fifty—The Culloden is the Ship that is on Shore the America is the Ship that is Missing. I am Sir Your very hume Servt
DLC: Papers of George Washington.