Head Quarters New Windsor 27th Decr 1780
In my letter of the 13th instant, I did myself the honor to inform Congress, that an embarkation was preparing at New York, and that it was to consist, in part, of the British Grenadier’s and Light Infantry. I have since learned, from some of our Officers who have been exchanged, that those Corps were once under embarkation orders, but that there had been a change, and others substituted in their room. I have not yet been able to ascertain the Corps, but they amount, by the best accounts to about 2500. The Fleet, with those troops on board, fell down to the Hook on Wednesday last, and, as the [wind was] fair, it is thought they went to sea the same day or the next. My distance from New York prevents me from obtaining so frequent intelligence as before, but I hope, in a few days, to hear of their real Force and destination. I have the honor to be with the greatest Respect Your Excellency’s Most obt and hble Servt
P.S. I have recd your Excellency’s favr of the 16th the Resolve of the 12th respecting the Garrison at Wyoming shall be complied with.
DNA: Item 152, Letters from George Washington, PCC—Papers of the Continental Congress.