Head Qrs Morris Town May 22d 1780.
I have received Your Letter of Yesterday and am glad to hear that you have lost none of your detachment by Desertion. With respect to the attempt which you are desirous of making against the party of the Enemy who are establishing themselves at Bull’s ferry— I leave the matter with yourself, to act in it or not as circumstances may justify; but the Enterprize should not be undertaken I think, without you have a very good and almost certain prospect both of succeeding in it and bringing off your Detachment safe afterwards. The most profound secrecy and the greatest rapidity in the execution of the business will be essential to give it the least chance of success. I am Sir with great Regard Yr Most Obedt Sert
DLC: Papers of George Washington.