N[ew Win]dsor April 7th 1781. 6 Oclock P.M.
That which is written below, was this instant sent to me by Genl Heath, what credit is to be given to the whole, or any part of it, your Excellency can judge better of than I can—It is a duty I owe to friendship to transmit the acct as I receive it. With the greatest esteem & respect I am Dr Sir Yr most Obt Servt
West point Aprl 7th 1781
"Mr Lawrence ([judge] advocate) was informed by Mr [G.G.] Beckman of Peekskill, who desired the information might be communicated to Genl Washington, that the Enemy had sent out four Parties of men—one party with a design of taking or assasinating his Excellency the Commander in Chief, the other to take the Govr of New Jersey—the other the Govr of New York—& the design of the other his informant was not able to discover—Mr Beckman concealed the name of the person who gave the information & requests he may not be called upon for it."
MiU-C: Schoff Collection.