To Major General Stirling
Head Quarters West Point 25 Septr 1779
I was yesterday favd with yours of the 23d inclosing Major Lees and Major Hays letters and a few days ago with that of the 20th1—By information of a deserter the Enemy have sent three Regiments from Stoney and Verplanks points and have therefore contracted their works.2 All accounts from New York agree that a very considerable embarkation is in agitation, but they differ much as to numbers and destination.
Be pleased to send forward the inclosed to Colo. Washington and Major Lee.3 I am with great Regard Yr Lordships Most obt.
Df, in Tench Tilghman’s writing, DLC:GW; Varick transcript, DLC:GW.
1. Stirling’s letters to GW of 20 and 23 Sept. have not been found. Maj. Henry Lee, Jr.’s letter to GW of 21 Sept. has not been found, but see GW to Lee, this date. The letter from Maj. Samuel Hayes has not been identified, but may have been an intelligence report (see GW to Hayes, 30 Sept.).