Newark 13th Novr 1780
Yours of Yesterday came by express & have nothing to return in answer, only that a person is gone over for inteligence this day who will not be back again untill Tomorrow evening & if he brings any inteligence of importance Shall communicate it to your Exelency as soon as possible we hear about sixty Sail of the Cork fleet Arrivd yesterday & the day before. The rest which is about half, is given over as Take -. Admiral Rodney has taken out all the Europeans & some Americans from the Prison Ships says they shall serve his Majesty.
Should be glad of some instructions how to proceed in case I suspect some Houses between this place & Bergan of harbouring disaffected persons & concealing counterband goods which am well inform’d is done we have Laws but not sufficient in such cases. I am Your Exelencys most Obedt & very Humble servt
John Ogden Capt. Comdr
DLC: Papers of George Washington.