Head Quarters Bergen County 11th July 1780
As we may every moment expect the arrival of the French Fleet a revival of the correspondence with the Culpers will be of very great importance. If the younger cannot be engaged again, you will endeavour to prevail upon the elder to give you information of the movements and position of the enemy upon Long Island—as whether they are all confined to the post at Brooklyn or whether they have any detached posts and where, and what is their strength at those posts—in short desire him to inform you of whatever comes under his notice and which seems worthy of communication. You will transmit your letters to Genl Howe, who will forward them to me. I am, &c.
P.S. desire him to attend particularly to the provision which they are making of Wood and Forage—and whether they drive in any stock.
DLC: Papers of George Washington.