Ver Planks Point Octr 8th 1780
The enclosed is an account given by a deserter just come to this Post. It is probable, if the person is a spy, he will be in Camp to day, and perhaps to morrow, as the army will be on the move and uncertain where it is marching to. To fix that, may detain him a day longer & I have thought it of sufficient importance to send an Express; as the detection of spies is an interesting matter to the safety of an army: and the more hazardous the business is rendered, the more difficult it will be for the Enemy to obtain intelligence.
The troops under my command encamped last night at Haverstraw; and this morning marched for West Point. Part of the baggage is gone up the river, and the rest will go this evening. Most of the covered waggons are over the river, and by to morrow morning the whole of the waggons will be over.
Genl Wayne marched last evening from Haverstraw. Genl St Clair with the other brigade will march in the morning; but perhaps not until late, as it will be difficult for me to give the order this evening, not knowing with certainty whether the troops will arrive at West Point until the morning.
Mr Arthur Lee crossed King’s Ferry last evening; he purposes calling at Head Quarters on his way to Philadelphia. I am with great respect your Excellency’s most obdt hume Servt
DLC: Papers of George Washington.