New London Augst 9th 1780
The Brittish Fleet Come to Sail last Sunday from of this Harbour and mov’d up as farr as Gardners Island where they have been att Anchor Ever Since, only Three or four frigates Cruise between Black Island & the Fleet.
we have Sent a Boat over to the Island to git Intelligence, and when she Returns Shall Inform you. I am Sir Your hum. Servt
DLC: Papers of George Washington.