Head Quarters Verplanks point 4th Sepr 1782
I do myself the honor to inform you that Signals were yesterday made at New York for the appearance of more than ten ships of the Line off the Coast. I expect every moment to hear from the look out which I have established upon the Coast of New Jersey, by which I shall be able to ascertain the size of the Fleet—I will then instantly communicate the intelligence to you. I have the honor to be Sir yr most obt and hble Servt.
DLC: Papers of George Washington.