From Major General Stirling
Elizabeth Town [N.J.]
Novr 30th 1778 one oClo’ p.m.
There is nothing new Since I wrote your Excellency Yesterday Evening; every intelligence I have had Confirm the Sailing of the fleet and of the Commissioners tho’ not in Company; and that preparations for further imbarkations makeing; the Ships which have taken the Iron Ordinance on board are Still in the harbour; with the Ardent, and the Ships of War refitting & Scarce any others (I mean men of War or frigates) for of transports & Merchant there a great Number lately brought out from the places they were laid up in while not in Use.
I have Nothing Else to present your Excellency with, but the enclosed New York paper of the 28th and the best & most Sincere wishes of your Excellencys Most Humble Servant
the letter to Mr Commissary Beaty is delivered to him.1
I congratulate your Excellency on the very great probability of Another Sea Engagement between the fleets of France & England terminating much in favour of the former. I suppose President Laurens has informed you of it.