New London August 5. 1780
I Received yours & Capt. Hurlbutt who sett out for NewPort this day in order to Post the Dragoons for the Purpose you Mention and Every Assistance in my Power you May Depend, I Shall give him—their is now a fleet of Ships Just come to an Anchor of this Harbour, Consisting of about Fifteen or Sixteen, I believe moastly large Ships of the Line, and Imagine they are the same that were of Block Island, they have French Colours Flying; what their Intentions is I Cannot Conceive, the Headmoast Ship came to an Anchor att 3 OClock P.M. and the Stern moast att 8 OClock, as the wind is they might have Continued their Coarse up the Sound, but their not makeing use of the Oppertunity. I Suspect they have sum Design Against this Port, we have about one Thousand men hear, & Suppose Govenr Trumbull will Imediately order more, if any movement tomorrow will Advise You I am Sir Your very Huml. Servt
DLC: Papers of George Washington.