West point October 21. 1780
I have just received intelligence from Major Delavan and Colonel Drake that they have received information from below that the Enemy intend to make an excursion on this night or tomorrow, and sweep off the Stock between Pines bridge and the new bridge—that they (the Enemy) have procured a number of Horses—that about five or six hundred Horse and Infantry mounted are to Cross Pines bridge, take a circuit and return by the new bridge where a body of Infantry are to Receive and cover them if necessary. I have written to Lieutenant Colonel Jameson to move towards Pines Bridge and have ordered Colonel Hazen with about five hundred men to move towards the same place, but not to pass Croton River. Should they come up so high I hope they will pay for their temerity. I have cautioned the several advanced Posts to keep a sharp look out. I have the honor to be With the greatest Respect Your Excellencys Most obedient Servt
DLC: Papers of George Washington.