Philadelphia 31st Decr 1781.
My last to Your Excellency was on the 16th inst. I have since that received information that an embarkation has taken place at New York—It is said to consist of three British Regiments and a detachment of Hessian Grenadiers. They may 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 to south Carolina.
I have just received Your Excellency’s favor [ ] which I will take the pleasure of acknowledging more particularly in my next. I have the honor to be With the highest esteem Yr Excellency’s Most Obedt Hbl[e] servant