Highlands June 15 1782.
Enclosed your excellency will find two late New York papers and a letter from captain Pray, just come to hand. I also forward two deserters. I have the honor to be With the greatest respect, Your Excellency’s Most obedient servant,
DLC: Papers of George Washington.
Garrison Dobbs Ferry 15th June 1782
Inclosed are two York papers of the 12 & 14th Instant,
The day before yesterday the Enemy carried down thirty Waggons loads of Baggage of the Troops on the uper end of York Island.
It is particulalry talked among the Officers of the Troops that they are Coming out to Encamp at Mile Square. The small Cannon which they Brought up to Replace the heavy are very Inconsiderable to the Number of large Cannon they Carried down. I saw a person who Came out of the City yesterday who gave me the above Inteligence, which may be depended upon.
The two deserters from the Ship who the bearer has the Care of to your Honor I took on board my boat about one Mile above the Ship last Evening about 11 aClock. Upon examination they will be able to give Your Honor some Considerable Intiligence respecting the two Vessels which was lately up. I have the Honor to be with Every Sentiment of respect and Esteem Your Honor’s most Obedient and Very Humble Servant
Jno. Pray Capt.
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