Camp 9 Sepr 1780
From the Flattering prospect of being Aided, with a fleet, from our most Illustrious Allies, Superior to the enemy, and a body of Troops, to Cooperate with us, this Campaign; I was led to hope with the blessings of Heaven on our exertions, we Should have been able to Struck Some important blow; at least Dislodgd the enemy, from new york, if not Relived the Southern States; now groaning, under the Arbitrary power, of Britian; and thereby laide a Foundation, for an Honorable peace.
But Sir, the Scene is Changd; and to me appears Gloomy, & unpromising; the enemys naval force, being much Superior to that of our Allies, Their Land Army, now at New york, equal, if not Superior to this. under these Circumstances, I Presume it will not be advisable to make an Attack on that Garrison; (Im unacquainted with the Strength, or Situation of their out posts, Possibly a Struck may be Immediately made on Some of them to Advantage,) but Should a Second Division of the french fleet arrive, and Joine the first, now at Rhoad Island, by the middle of Novbr, and no Detachment made from this army; Its my Opinion, one may be made with a probability of Success. Should they arrive between that period, & the middle of Decembr, (which I hardly think will be the Case, unless it be a part of the fleet now in the W: Indies,) an Expedition may be made against Charlstown, and Gorgia, that Climate being favorable to a winter Campaign. The Present Alarming Situation, of the Southern States, Calls for the most Serious Attention; your Excellency, must be the best Judge, whether any Detachment Can be Sent to Their Support, from this Army; In my Opinion there Cannot, while It remains in the present Position. With Diffidence I am Sir your Excellencys Most Obdt Hble Sert
DLC: Papers of George Washington.