I received your favour of the 6th Ultimo, several of those of the dates you mentioned I never received neither do I think I ever shall—several of the Deputies of the Post Office it is believed most scandalously abuse their Trust, and I am certain many letters directed to me, together with such as I write Free upon, are detained by the way, the Members of Congress complain generally of this villanous Practice.
Inclosed is a Hand Bill printed by order of Congress relative to the late Convention at Saratoga, this only came to Congress three days ago—as we have had no press here until within these few days & no Gazette as yet published. I shall send you the first.
I am sorry you purchased Col. Kennon's Bills, as I am afraid you will be puzzled to get the money, nothing but the Governor of So. Carolina's Letters of Credit can save you unless Mr. Kennon's Executors first settle all his accounts with the public. I would advise you immediately to send them on for acceptance & payment— I am obliged to you for the Wilm'ton papers pray oblige me with them as they follow in course or desire Jon. Dunbibin to inclose them to me, I want them all— However to keep you no longer in suspense, I must endeavor to muster up some news for you. You will be pleased first to observe that Congress knows no more of the intentions of the Army than you do, until some event or other takes place, Congress have very wisely determined to put it in Genl Washington's power to keep his own secrets. A Committee of Congress now at Head Quarters have however Informed us that on Saturday the 6th Instant the two Armies were in sight of each other, the Enemy at Chesnut Hill & Our Army at White Marsh, that early in the morning a Schyrmish happened between a Party of our Militia & and an advanced party of the Enemy,—we lost Genl.Erwin taken Prisoner 1 Capt. killed & 3 or 4 Privates wounded, the Loss of the Enemy in killed and wounded not known, but that we took between 20 and 30 Prisoners— A General Engagement was hourly expected, the fate of which will I suppose put an end to this Campaign. Our Army were in the highest
I wrote Mr. Clayton a few days ago, should you see him you may shew him this incorrect Scrawl & tell him he has no right to expect another line from me until I receive another kind of Letter than such as he wrote me by the Marquis LaFayette. As you desire me to write you a great deal of news, I have some times an Inclination to invent some thing very extraordinary, but this matter I shall Consider of; and remain with my respectful Compliments to Mr. Quince & all my friends.
Should we beat the Enemy you may be assured of receiviug the earliest intelligence.