Head Quarters Morris Town 20th April 1780.
The Minister of France, who is now here, being desirous to see Elizabeth town and the Country below the Mountain, I shall ride down with him tomorrow Morning. We purpose being at Springfield, where I expect the pleasure of meeting you by 10 OClock—You will be pleased to have small Guards posted at the Points between Newark and Amboy and send as considerable a detachment as your command will afford to Elizabeth Town to receive the Minister. You will be pleased to keep the reason of this disposition intirely a secret, that the enemy may have no opportunity of taking any advantages. Be kind enough to desire Mr Caldwell to have Forage for about forty Horse ready at Springfield. I am &c.
P.S. Be pleased to order the Militia Light Horse to be deligent in patroling tomorrow and let a party of them extend up towards second River.
DLC: Papers of George Washington.