Pinesbridge Octr 23d 1780
I have just received Intelligence that part of the Cork Fleet have arrived that they have a number of Recruits on board (the report is three thousand). It is also said that another embarkation has taken place the number I have not heard. They had not Sailed Yesterday. The Militia on Long Island are ordered to assemble at Flat Bush the last of this week to draft a number of Men to Garrison some of the Enemys Post. The Report in New York is that the French have taken twenty five Sail of the Cork fleet. I am with esteem Your Excellencys most Obedient Servant
DLC: Papers of George Washington.