Highlands, May 18. 1782.
The last evening I was honored with yours of the 16th. I will convene the brigadiers and officers commanding brigades for the purposes directed by the general order of the 16th and take the other steps mentioned therein and in your letter.
I forward two deserters from the guard-ship in the river. I have not been able to obtain any newspapers since those I sent last, but expect some soon. From various reports, there has been a naval engagement in the West-indies, and a feu de joye fired in New York in consequence—I wish it may not prove to have been against our allies. It is said a packet arrived at New York from England on tuesday last. I have the honor to be With the highest respect, Your Excellency’s Most obedient servant,
DLC: Papers of George Washington.