Head Qrs Septr 13. 1780
By a variety of Accounts received through different channels and which from the correspondence between them appear to be probably true—it would seem as if Your & Captain Shaw’s services may be again called for, and in the course of a very few days—if not immediately. I wish You to keep the matter an entire secret; but at the same time that you will be in readiness to proceed to Rhode Island on the shortest notice, either from Myself—Count de Rochambeau—or the Chevalier de Ternay. I inclose a letter for Captn Shaw to the same effect, which You will be pleased to forward to him. I am Sir With esteem Yr Most Obed. St
The same To Capt. Danl Shaw Pilot.
DLC: Papers of George Washington.