May 14, 1781
The above see below is a copy of a Letter I received last morning from Shrewsbury which I wish safe to hand.
In a New York Paper of the 9th Inst. I saw the following. "On Sunday last was sent in here by some of his Majesty’s Ships the Rebel Frigate Protector bound from Port au Prince to Boston Carries 12. 12s 8 guns, 6 6 pounders had many valuable Articles with 10.000 Dollars on Board; I am with great Regard &c.
Saturday Night 12 of May 81
This Morning the Fleet got under Way but meeting a Brig. coming from the Southward they immediately returned within the Hook.
Yesterday the London got a Ground in coming down where she lay for six Hours, which caused a great Uneasiness throughout the whole Fleet but got off safe. They now give out they are going to Chesapeake Bay as a Reinforcement to G. Phillips which I think is probable as I cant Learn they have any Genl Officer on Board and only 2.000 Troops with about 50 Horse.
I think the Fleet sails tomorrow the Weather permitting.
DLC: Papers of George Washington.