Hd Qrs Novr 21 1780
I have received private information that some inhabitants of Bergen County will probably on thursday evening carry into the enemy at Powles Hook a quantity of flour and other provisions. As this kind of Traffic is very pernicious, I am particularly desirous of detecting some of these who carry it on in the fact that an example may be made of them—You will therefore on thursday afternoon move with your corps as secretly as possible by way of the new bridge to three pigeons, and there continue scouring the neighbouring Roads during the night.
If you meet with the persons, I have described, you will send them immediately with their effects to the Adjutant General; and in any case you will retire on friday to the liberty Pole where you will remain till next day, and then march to camp. You will keep your men together and be vigilant against a surprise. I am Sr Your most Obedt servt
DLC: Papers of George Washington.