Morris Town 29th Novemr 1780
Being accidentally at this place, I met your letter of the 17th, here, this day.
Should you obtain the permission which you have requested of the Governor of Maryland, that will be sufficient to convey you safely through the posts of the American Army; as the Officers commanding at them have directions to pay obedience, at all times, to the Acts of the Executive powers of any of the States. I am Sir Yr most obt & hble Servt
DLC: Papers of George Washington.