New London Augt 20 1780. Sunday 9 OClock P.M
The British Fleet consisting of Sixteen Sail, came to Sail from Gardiners Island Yesterday & stood for Rhode Island with a fair Wind & must have got their by the next Morning—at the Same time Six Ships got under way & stood up Sound, and have returned & anchored again of Plumb Island. We have sent a boat over to the Island to gain Intilligenc & shall expect her return to morrow morning. I am with the greatest respect Sir Your Humle Servt
P.S. those Ships that are now att Plumb Island I Suppose were Those that Came from N.York. N. S.
DLC: Papers of George Washington.