From Brigadier General Hugh Mercer
Perth Amboy [N.J.] 26 July 1776 2 P.M.
When I mentioned this Morning the unusual appearance of a flag being hoisted on the Light house—I had not then understood that Any Ships were seen in the Offing—but find by a Person just now from So. Amboy that some have been seen—and Now Six have come into the Hook. I am Sir your Excellencys most obedt st
A Deserter from the Asia, examined att Eliza. Town—says that 10 Ships arrived Some Days ago wi[t]h 2000 Highlanders.