Head Quarters 18h Feby 1781.
The inclosed being of consequence, you will be pleased to dispatch them immediately by Express to Morris Town.
You mentioned, a day or two ago, that the business of your department rendered your presence necessary in Philada if circumstances would admit of your absence from the Army. His Excellency desires me to inform you, that he has no objection to your going, if you have put all matters in proper train for the moving of the detachment from hence, and that of 250 Men from the Jersey line at Morris Town. His Excelly desires me further to remind you, that if the number of Tents, intreching tools—Axes &ca requisite can be procured at Philada it will be so much the better, as it will save land transportation.
It may be necessary, for some little time to come, to convey intelligence to and from Philada in the most expeditious manner, and His Excellency, for that reason, requests you to establish a temporary relay of Expresses between this and that place. You will be pleased to inform us of the Stages when they are fixed.
You will be pleased to give a days notice, previous to your setting out, as there probably will be despatches to send. I am Dear Sir very Respectfully Yours
This was intended to have been sent early in the morning—but Mr Lawrence affords an opportunity this Evening—The letters need not [go] off to night—but early in the Morning.
DNA: RG 93—Manuscript File.