Head Quarters July 21st 1780
I had the honor to receive yesterday a duplicate of your letter of the [ ].
Since the intelligence transmitted by the Marquis De la Fayette, I have received advices through different channels from New York that the Enemy are preparing an embarkation of troops—that fifty transports have moved up the North River for this purpose—and the object of it is said to be your fleet and army. Though this may be nothing more than a demonstration, as it may possibly be serious I hasten to give you the earliest communication of it. With every sentiment of esteem and attachment I have the honor to be Sir Your most Obedient & most humble servant.
DLC: Papers of George Washington.