Head Quarters Springfield New Jersey 20th June 1780.
By a letter which I have rec. from Justin Ely Esqr. I am informed that Springfield is appointed for the general rendezvous of the drafts of Massachusetts and that he is to inspect, register and deliver them at that place to a Continental Officer. You will therefore be pleased to repair immediately thither for the purpose of Superintending the Business of receiving and forwarding them to West Point. General Heath has directions to notify to all the Officers who were upon the recruiting service in Massachusetts that they are to repair as quick as possible to Springfield and take their orders from you. You have therefore only to form the Drafts into convenient divisions as they come in, and send each Party under the care of an Officer to General Howe on Command at West Point. You may probably find some Officers already in the neighbourhood of Springfield who will be at hand to take charge of the first divisions.
As it is of material consequence that the Highland Posts should be reinforced without loss of time, you are not to wait for making the divisions large. Even five and twenty or thirty may be sent on at a time, should no more be ready.
You will be pleased carefully to attend to the condition of the Men, Should any, who are unfit for Soldiers, be passed by the State Commissioner, you are notwithstanding to reject them, and note their names and the cause of rejection. I am, &c.
DLC: Papers of George Washington.