Philadelphia 31st Decemr 1781.
My dear Sir
Since my last of the 19th inst. I have recd information, which does not admit of a doubt, that an embarkation has taken place at New York, it is said to consist of three British Regiments and a detachment of the Hessian Grenadiers. They may probably have sailed by this time, but of this I have no certain accounts—They are to be convoyed by two ships of the Line and two or three Frigates—It is conjectured they are destined for south Carolina. If so, they will in all probability be there before this reaches you.
We have rumours of an action between you and the British near Charlestown, but I do not pay much regard to the report. I am with greatest Esteem My dear Sir Yr most obet and hbl. servt.