Philadelphia August 9. 1781
Your Excellency will receive inclosed an Act of Congress of the 7th instant, respecting commissions granted in Connecticut for capturing the Enemy’s property on Long Island.
Since I had the honor to writing to you on Tuesday last we have received no official intelligence from Virginia or Maryland. From this circumstance, and information received from Major McPherson, who left Annapolis on Monday about noon, that the Enemy’s fleet was neither seen nor heard of since the Thursday morning preceding, it is concluded they must have sailed for New-York. Genl Lesslie is certainly gone for Charlestown, tho’ it is believed without any Troops. I am, Sir, with the utmost regard Your Excellency’s Most obedient & very humble Servant
Thos M:Kean President
DLC: Papers of George Washington.