As our friends in Philada may feel anxious to hear from us at a moment when all is threatened I avail myself of a few moments before the mail closes to inform thee that all our families have been so fortunate as to meet a conveyance some few miles in the country where I am in hopes they will be safe - our store goods and some household articles are sent out - The British came into the River yesterday - their forces [variously] [------] from 30 to 60 sail - the wind [-------] away they anchored about 10 miles [------] the fort - where they have been landing their men all this morning - the lands force not known. It is supposed an attack will be made by land and water and the fate of the city decided I n24 hours - all the militia have marched. In haste [then] &c. Herman Cope
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