Springfield 26 April 1780
I inclose your Excellency a Letter from Lt Col. Gray. I have some Expectation of further Intelligence this Evening. I remain, very respectfully, Your Excellencys most Obedeint Servt
DLC: Papers of George Washington.
Cranes Mills April 26th 1780
I have this moment, (11 oClock) returned from Elizabeth where I have had Information from Staten Iland, that on the 24th Forty one sail arrived at New York from the Southward, they were all in Ballast, and that the Enemy on the Iland seem to be embarrassed and in Motion, making Preparation for Imbarkation the sloop of War lying in the Kilns, hath been taking in a large Quantity of Water.
they seem to be fearfull, last Evening the sloop fired on which the Guards on the Iland fired all along the shore, which alarmed the Guard at Elizabeth, and were kept out all Night, before, they could ascertain the Occasion of the Alarm.
I Imagine the Alarm was occasioned by some London Traders as they are called passing the sloop, many of the Inhabitants dislike being alarmed so often, they are very Active in an Alarm and are Constantly praying for some of their own Troops to protect them who they say will not Alarm so often. I should wish that they might be gratified as I think it a Post where there is very little Honor, and a very great share Danger & Hazard to be obtained. I am relieved by Majr Throop. I am with much Esteem your most Obedt & Humbe