Hd Qrs Novr 4th 1780
You would oblige me by ascertaining as soon as possible the following things.
The number of Troops and different Corps that composed the last detachment which is supposed to have gone to the Southw’d.
The truth of the present report of another Imbarkation taking place—when it will happen—and to what amount in Men and Corps—and who is to commd. the detachment
The present disposition of the remaining Troops on Long Island and York Island and the number at each place.
You cannot be too expeditious in your communications on these heads—distinguishing between things certain and matters of mere report. I am—Dr Sir Yr Obedt Servt
DLC: Papers of George Washington.