Newbury 27th May 1781
Your Excelency will be Tried to Read so many Letters from me at once however I cannot but Inform what I hear and is Probable to be True last evening come in a Diserter from Canada Deserted from a Party on Hazens Point the Day before 10 o Clock he says the on the Twelvith of May orders were Resd at St Johns from the Commander at Quebeck that the Immigrant Regt Sr John Johnson Regt the three Cores of Rangers and a Detachment from the other Regts together with three Nations of Indians were to assemble at St. Johns the 10th June where Every Provitions were made for them, 150 Battaux five gun Boats &c. that Spies and Small Partys were out for Mischiaf, a Flag is now at Canada from Vermont, I am afraid to agree to a Neutrality (Ira Allen Commands it) if so the Enemy will be at Albany, or try for it.
if Six or Eight men were from the grants it would be well for they Decive the Innocent. I am Your Excelencys Most Obedient Humble Sert
DLC: Papers of George Washington.