Elizabeth Town 5 December 1781
I am sorry to communicate to your Excellency, that by accounts received last evening from New York, the Lord Mulgrave Flag Ship, is cast away on [Squan] beach near Sandy Hook, tho’ fortunately none of the Officers or Crew injured. another report since, "say’s from her not taking in a sufficient quantity of ballast she is drove by the extreme heavy winds, off the Coast, and will be obliged to make for Savannah in Georgia."
I enclose for your Excellency’s perusal, the New York Papers of the 28th Utimo & the 1st and 3rd instant. I have the honor to be with the greatest respect Your Excellency’s Most Obedient & Very Hum. Servt
Dy Com. Pri[srs]
DLC: Papers of George Washington.