Sloot June 27th 1/2 past 6 in the Evening. 1780
I Receivd your Verbal message this moment by Mr Kip whom your Excellency Saw at fish Kill, you may depend I shall strictly adhere to every Request. I should have wrote particularly daily to your Excellency had I not supposd Ma[jr] Genl Howe to have made you acquainted with every Intelligence I have given him which is done daily, I Returnd from the opposite side the River about 15 Minutes Since where I receivd Intelligence from a Gentleman well attached (whose name I shall conceal for fear of misfortunes) that Genl Clinton was advanced as far as East Chester with Great part of his Army and that Great part of the fleet were ordered up the sound, Our friends in General, think an Incursion into Connecticut is their Intention. I was this morning opposite the fleets at Philips. they Consist of 1 Sloop of War 1 Armd Snow, 11 Transports & 20 Sail small Vessels, the rest part of the fleet were beating down to the City, they have a Number of Men at Philips in Bush Hills & a few Tents. their picket advanced two Miles at [Vincents]. I shall perhaps gain some Important Intelligence in the Course of a Day, when shall Inform your Excellency particular. Mr Lawrence and self should be happy to have our Commissions. your Excellencys Most Humble Servant
J. Lawrence Junr
when you are to be at West Point should be Glad to know it where I shall wait on you.