From Sacket's Harbor, Sept. 18
Our four ships arrived in this port yesterday afternoon, and the two brigs Jones and Jefferson, arrived last evening - having left the head of the lake in consequence of an uncommon gale of wind which they experienced from the N.E. on Monday and Tuesday last, in which the Jefferson, Capt. Ridgely, was obliged to throw overboard ten guns, & spars. The Jones, Capt. Woolsey, succeeded in getting clear without any loss. The brig Sylph, and schooners Lady of the Lake and Conquest, are yet out, and as the wind is blowing very severely from the westward this day, I am afraid they will fare hard, unless they are in some harbor. Several small vessels have dragged their anchors even in this harbor since morning.
General Izard's army has arrived, and also the Montgomery militia; making in all, I think, as respectable a force as I have ever seen at this place. Report says the regular troops are all to embark on board the fleet, gun boats and transports, as soon as weather will admit. - Where their place of destination is I cannot say: nor do I have any grounds for forming, and much less for giving an opinion. I shall however probably know as soon as the public generally do, and will give you the earliest information. The enemy's new ship at Kingston had got her masts in before our ships left that station.