Head Quarters near Passaic Falls 17th Octobr 1780
I have just received advice from Elizabeth Town, which I think may be depended on, that the Fleet fell down from New York on sunday last and it is said have since sailed. There was a constant firing of signals on Sunday. The numbers gone are, by the best information I have yet obtained, about 2500 Foot and thirty or forty Horse, but they have taken spare furniture for a considerable number of Horse. General Lesly commands. They have pilots for both Eastward and southward, but the latter is generally thought to be their destination. I have the honor to be with very great Respect Yr Excellency’s most obedt and humble Servt
P.S. It is said they have taken a number of spare Arms also with them.
DNA: Item 152, Letters from George Washington, PCC—Papers of the Continental Congress.