Poundridge May 14th 1781
We Take this opertunity by Capt. Hunter as he has Business to Fish kill to Let you Know we have Just Returnd from Long island. we had the Good Luck to meet the Person who we Talked of But had Not as much Time with him as we Could Wishd as there was a Hessian Guard of Fifty Men within Two hundred yards of the House and [w]e Dare Not Make any Light So that the Person Could Not [ ]ite. This Time but he is to Meet us the 26th of This Month [w]ith Every Thing Ready as he appears to be much Engagd [to] Do Every Thing in his Power to Serve his Country He Informs that the Remander Part of Two Regments of [hanspikers] about [th]ree Hundred and Between Two and Three Hundred of Brittish [t]roops that Lay in Town of Different Regments that were guards [ ] the Stores are Embarkd and Lay at the watering Place—and have for Some Time Many are the Conjectures Respecting Their Destination The most Prevailing is their Joining arnold a Part of [a] Malitia of the Sity is ordered for Guards as the Troop are Thin in [ ] the Seventeenth Regt of Dragoons are Still under orders to Embark [ ]it orders are Kept up Respecting Peoples going on to Long island [and] Large Sums of Money Bid for those that will Discover any Plan [of] Information going to Genl Washington.
[ ] Ships of War which had Been in to Refil after the action with the French is Said to be the Convoy the Ships and Troops—Lay at the watering Place the Ninth Instant.
we hope in our Next to Give you a More Peticular and Expediti[ous] accompt of Matters as there is a Probebillity of its Being in a Better Train we Beg your Excellensy to Devise Some mode how we are to Forward our Dispaches as we Live Twelve miles from the water and have Not horses fit to Ride Such a Distance as Newinsor. We Refer your Excellency to Capt. Hunter for Further Peticulars and Beg to Remain your Excellensies—most obedient Friends and Humble Servts
DLC: Papers of George Washington.