West point April 7. 1781.
The enclosed was this moment given me by Judge Lawrence. I apprehend it is beyond a doubt that I am the fourth person.
The gun boat is stationed at Fort-Montgomery, with as positive instructions of vigilance as can be given—and I have directed the greatest vigilance in guards and sentinels here—have ordered patroles from all the guards, &c. Your Excellency can form the best judgment, whether danger may be apprehended or not, and what measures may be necessary to be taken by you. Judge Lawrence informs me Mr Beakman was exceedingly anxious that the matter should be communicated to your Excellency—He also informed Mr Lawrence that there was a report in New-York, that Gibralter was taken. I have the honor to be With the greatest respect, Your Excellency’s Most obedient servant
P.S. I am sorry we have so many old british soldiers in our army, in particular, the New York regiment.
DLC: Papers of George Washington.