Burwells Mill Septr 23d 1781
Since the Evening before last I have not been able to procure the least intelligence from York neither have we had a Deserter from the Enemy since that time—I have had parties continually in the Hampton—Warwick & half way [ ] roads, who have been within sight of their Picketts, but some of the Enemy have been out—it is certain that their Number of Shipping is much diminished at York. but whether they attempted to get out the Night before last, or whether the Enemy have sunk them in the Channel I cannot yet find out; a large Smoke was seen Yesterday Morning below York, which has confirm’d a report that the Enemy have burnt some of their Shipping. I have the Honor to be with the very best respect Your Excellencys Most Obedt hble Servt
DLC: Papers of George Washington.