Haverstraw September 17th 1782
I have just heard from New Ark, that the Enimy are medetating a Blow against the Town of Boston, and the Fleet there, they are now busily imployed in embarking Seven thousand Troops for the purpose, and will in a few Days sail—Mr Johnson who is my Informer is now here, and will wait on your Excellency, if you will send him a Permit to cross the Ferry immediately, he then can give your Excellency more satisfaction concerning the Report than I can at present. I am Sir with great Respect Your Excellency’s most Obt Servt
A. Hawkes Hay
DLC: Papers of George Washington.