Oct. 23d 1780
May it Please your Excellency
I have Been Employed by Coll Dayton for A Considerable Time Past in going over to New york to Obtain Intelligence.
The Coll Being now very Sick and out of the Way Mr John Hendricks desired me to Repair to head Quarters and enform your Excellency of What Was Transacting at New-york Which Place I Left Last Saturday Night and Find things in the Same Situation as they were About A week Since.
The fleet which Saild Some Time Since is Certainly Gone to the Southward They Took with them by the Best Accounts Between 4 and 5000 Troops the Flowers of thier Army the Troops Lately Arrived Ammount to Near 3000 by some Accounts But by others 26 or 2700 I think the Latter Most Probabal the Cork fleet Not Arrived Saturday afternoon—the Men of War the Rainbow and the [7th] with Siveral Frigats gone to Sea Suposd to Convoy the fleet Two that Lyes in the North River Exit[ionne] of the Sandwich have struck thier Topmasts and are Repairing the Refugees on Bergin Point have Drawn A Large Number of forks and Rakes in order to Take the hay from the Meadows of Newark and Elizth Town—They Say what they Cannot Take Away they are Determined to Burn.
Capt. [ward] who Commands them Told me he Expected when he Undertook the Above work he Should have some Assitance from the army and Should that be the Case he would Pay the Two Above Mentioned Towns A vist and Take off their Cattel Grain hay &c.
NB the Fort at Brooklyn is Built very Strong flank’d with Bastions and Cover’d with A Ditch Mounts 26 Peices heavy Cannon Good Barraks Inside of it Picketd all Round With Red Cedar Spars.
DLC: Papers of George Washington.