Elizabeth Town Novemr 12. 1780
Mr Lenox an Assistant to Mr Sproat Comy of Naval Prisoners mentioned to me yesterday that Genl Philips was to embark in a few days with a force sufficient to take possession of some Heighth on the Delaware which was to be fortified in such a Manner as to put an effectual Stop to the Navigation of that River; I think he mentioned Wilmington Heighth. He also acquainted me that a hundred Naval Officers & a few Privates had been put on board the Yarmouth which sailed for Great Britain on Thursday last, that in a few days three frigates are to sail with a considerable Number of other Prisoners, this Method, Lord Rodden supposed would put a total Conclusion to the Trade and Privateering of this Continent.
Mr Lenox was very inquisitive where the Light Infantry of our Army lay, adding, that they were expected on Staten Island. & that on friday Night the Troops lay on their Arms there—Whether the above News may be relied on or not, I cant say as Mr Lenox is sometimes extravagant—If you think the above Information of any Consequence, you can make what Use of it you please as I am now exchanged. I am Sir Your very humble Servt
Matts Williamson Jur
DLC: Papers of George Washington.