Head Quarters Praknes Octr 18th 80
On the 16th the fleet containing the embarkation, mentioned in my last, sailed—It consisted, according to the general tenor of my advices, of the grenadiers and light infantry, two levy corps detachments from several regiments and a small one of horse amounting in the whole to about three thousand. The destination most commonly supposed is a Southern one, which appears to me the more probable, as Cornwallis by the last advices had advanced to Charlotte in North Carolina—Rhode Island however is spoken of.
My advices mention the arrival of a fleet from England; a part of it transports with troops, two British regiments, some german and scotch recruits, in the whole about 2600 men. The Cork fleet not yet arrived. I have the honour be with the greatt regard. Yr Excellency’s Most huml. ser.
DLC: Papers of George Washington.