Head Quarters Passaic Falls 16th Novemr 1780
Your Excellency’s favor of the 10th reached me yesterday—It gives me great pleasure to hear that your troops have entered their quarters in a manner agreeable to themselves and to the inhabitants. I shall be extremely happy in seeing the Chevalier de Chattelus—Count de Custine—Marquis de Laval—and Count de deux ponts at my Quarters. I will endeavour to render the time, which they spend with the Army, agreeable to them, and when they incline to visit Philadelphia, they may be assured of that permission, which you so politely make to depend upon me.
I have heard nothing lately from the Chesapeak Bay. An intelligent person, who is employed to keep a look out upon the Heights of Monmouth, informs me, that on Friday and Saturday the 10th and 11th instants a Fleet consisting of between 52 and 58 sail of which six were Men of War from 40 to 60 Guns came from the southward and anchored within the Hook—My informant is of opinion, that it is the Fleet returned from Virginia which sailed the 16th ulto from the Hook—But I rather think it is the long expected Cork Fleet, and my intelligince from New York announces the arrival of that Fleet on Sunday last. I shall however ascertain the matter very shortly, and I will communicate the result to your Excellency.
I had heard a Report of the discovery of a plot concerted by one Ross of Virginia, but I believe it was without foundation. I have the honor to be with very great Respect Your Excellency’s Most obt Servt
DLC: Papers of George Washington.