Philadelphia October 11th 1780.
Since my Arrival in this City I have received a Peice of Information which I esteem it my Duty to communicate to you. Mrs Lewis Junr (Daughter of Mr Lewis late a Member in Congress from our State) who is returned about three Weeks since from a Visit to her Sister in the City of New York[)] informs me, "that it was currently assisted by a Number of Persons of Character in that Town that Mr Thomas Smith Brother to Joshua Smith was in New York, about the 14 or 15th September last; that she saw Persons, who declared they had seen him; and that she has no doubt but that the Fact was so. From Mrs Lewis’ Character, and her Connections in New York, who are attached to the British, I think the Evidence she gives may be relied on. I therefore submit to your Excellency the Propriety of immediately ordering Mr Thomas Smith to be apprehended, and his Papers seized. Should you think fit to decline giving these Orders, I have to request the favor of you to transmit to Governor Clinton a Copy of this Letter that the State may take such measures, in consequence, as they shall think for the public Benefit. I have the Honor to be with great Respect, Your Excellency’s Obedt Hble servt
DLC: Papers of George Washington.