New London Augst 6th 1780
I wrote you last Evening that their was a large fleet of Sixteen Sail of Ships lying of this Harbour att Anchor, they Continue in the same Position this morning 9 OClock one Ship came down from the Westward and Join’d the Fleet. I am Sir Your hume Servt
P.S. its now Eleven OClock and the fleet are under Sail with the Flood tide Consequently bound to the Westward.
DLC: Papers of George Washington.