New London Sunday 8 OClock P.M. August 13th 1780
This day Six Persons deserted from the Brittish Fleet and Came into this Harbour in a Small boat, the Information they give, is that the Fleet were to Return to their Station of Block Island this day, and that General Clinton was Imbarking his troops att White Stone, and were to Come down the Sound to Procede Against New Port, and that two Ships was dispatch’d from the Fleet to Convoy the Transports to New Port—The Brittish Fleet are now Under Sail Steering to the Eastward, Inclos’d is a List of their Force, I am Sir your most Obedt Hume Servt
P.S. The Above is Sent to New Port.
DLC: Papers of George Washington.
c.13 August 1780
List of the British Fleet now lying at Anchor in Gardiners Bay and in the Sound.
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Galatia & Halifax Sloops of War one Fire Ship.