Connecticut Farms 24th May 1780
Your Excellencys Favour of the 23d Inst. I last night received at nine oclock. I had Major Burrows, an Officer and 25 Men ordered to set out for Monmouth County this Morning at 7 oclock. The Major was to purchase two whaleBoats that lay at Brunswick, if he could not pick up some along the shore, at Monmouth County where they ought not to be. Coll Dayton informed me he had spoke to Your Excellency, about the Boats at Brunswick.
The reason of the partys going to Monmouth was the scearcity of meat with us; and I am creditably informed that there are always, considerable quantitys of Cattle brought from the West Jersey, and lodged near the shore to be handy to send off to New York, as a good opertunity [serves]. I have directed the Major if he finds such cattle, that he will apply to the purchaser of the County, and if the people who has them in charge, or the owner, refuse to sell them, that he will have with him a Majestrate at the same time, and I make no doubt he will give him orders to take them. The Major set off at 6 oclock with 9 of Capt. Bedkins Dragoons, to Joyn Coll Jimmet at Brunswick, the officer and party set off after him, at 7.
With respect to the Fleet at the Hook it was supposed yesterday to be a Fleet that had lately gone out from new york, but last night there was a heavy firing of Cannon heard supposed to be beyond the Hook a good ways from about 8 at night till about 2 in the morning A Gentleman Just now infoms that he heard before sundown last night several Guns much further off than the Hook. This is all the News I have at present. and am Your Excellencys Most Obedient Humble Servant
Wm Maxwell B.G.
DLC: Papers of George Washington.