Orange Town. Augt the 11th 1780
The Conduct of the troops under your Excellency’s Command has much alarmed the Inhabitants and filled them with apprehensions of being brought to a Starving Condition. Fences are wantonly destroyed and consequently Cornfields, Buckwheat, Orchards, meadows &c. &c. are laid waste, and we know not where it will end—I therefore in behalf of the Inhabitants at large most humbly request, and seriously entreat that measures may be taken to prevent unnecessary waste & destruction. I am Sir Your Excellency’s Most ob’dt and Very Humble Servant
DLC: Papers of George Washington.