Newport Xber December 25 1780
I believe that the piece of Intelligence, which I gave to your Excellency, at the end of my Last letter, is absolutely wrong. Col. Wadsworth who is here, tells me that he had it by three vessels of the Sund, gone out of Northwalk Fairfield and the Connecticut, the men in these vessels said they had seen the Signals on the Coast, for the militia and all these Troops in motion.
However I this day, have received a Letter from the Duke of Lauzun, he says he has heard no talk of any thing, and the Connecticut militia has not Stirred. It is then very probable that the Destination of the embarkation that is going on at New-york is for the Southward, and I beg of your Excellency to look upon that news as upon nothing, I had given you it in my last from the report of Colonel Wadsworth, and these three Vessels, but I have not had since any confirmation of it.
We can not find the wind fresh enough and favorable to send away Mr Meyers, nephew of Mr Gerard, who has in his care the Duplicate of the Dispatches whereof my son is Bearer. he has been in the road for these three weeks These winds, however, will be favorable to bring us news from France, it is impossible that in a month, at farthest, we should not have any. I am with respect Sir Your Excellency’s Most obedient humble Servant
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DLC: Papers of George Washington.