Paramus May. 8. 1780
On Thirsday last I was Informed that a body of the enemy were at Bulls Ferry Since which I have taken every method in my power to obtain their Designs, and Strength but have not received any Sattisfactory intelligence reports Say they are a party of refugees on the wood cutting Business and that their numbers are from one to three hundred, had I conceived that my Instructions from your Excellency would have permitted my Leaving this post on this Occasion, I Should have been able to Give your Excellency a more pairticulair account of numbers—I Sent a Scout down the last night they have not returnd, I hope they will bring a pairticulair account of the matter. Should I by any means Procure Intelligence which may be relied on, and their numbers not Superior to those I have the honour to command, with your Excellencys Permission to leave this post I think it would be in my Power to give a good Account of them. I have the Honour to be your Excellencys most Obedt Servant
L. Trescott Major commanding
A Detachment at Paramus
DLC: Papers of George Washington.