Head Quarters Janry 21. 1781 11 oClock Night
I have it in command from His Excellency to inform you, that he would have you continue Your Detachment together, and hold it in the most perfect readiness to act agreeable to the orders you may receive from him. And that you will not return to West point, according to his Letter of this day by Col. Barber, as the Detachment may be necessary where it is, since the defection of the Jersey Troops. Under all circumstances & upon all occasions the General relies most confidently on the New England Troops of this you may let them know, & as he doubts not you will find the best disposition in your Detachment, he wishes you to cultivate it, and inform him, if any thing extraordinary should happen. I am Sir with very great regard Your Most Obed. Servt
DLC: Papers of George Washington.