War-Office August 8. 1780
In consequence of information recd by Mr Bradfurd Comy of Prisoners here, from the persons who forwardd them on. that Lieutenants Leonard & Thompson & Ensign Lawrence of Bartons Regt in the service of the Enemy were captured in a place which left strong suspicions of their being Spies—the board have ordered them to be confined in Goal until your Excellency’s determination on the papers transmitted you by the Captors on this subject, is known. I have the honor to be with the highest respect. Yr Excellency’s Most Obed. Most humble Servant.
Ben Stoddert Secy.
DLC: Papers of George Washington.