Middle Pattent Augt 26th 1780
Your Excellency’s favour of the 21st inst. has been duly recd & the directions therein contained attended to.
I was yesterday at the Gentleman’s house to whom a certain Letter was addressed to be forwarded to Major D——y, when the Author of it came in—He soon enquired whether that letter had been recd by him & forwarded, & was answered in the Affirmative. The Gentleman who I heretofore informed, dare not at Present have his name disclosed, would not chuse to have the Author of the Letter know the Steps he had taken, as the Enemy have it in their Power to ruin him at any time—He is a Man of a suspected Character, & for this reason I dare not tell him that Your Excellency foreknew his plan, & was guarded against any bad Consequence, least he might disclose the Secret—He wishes however that the fate of the letter might be concealed from its Author, or to be sure the way of its detection be kept Secret—I wish the Imprudency of the Man, may not lead him into Errors of a worse nature. I have the Honor to be with great Regard Your Excellency’s most Obedt Servt
DLC: Papers of George Washington.