Head Quarters, Phillipsburgh [31 July 1781]
On the receipt of this, I wish to procure a number of those Pilot[s that] you formerly engag’d, and who ar[e par]ticularly acquainted with the Navigation of the Hook & North River, and with them repair, as soon as possible to Capt. Dennis’s at Baskenridge, where you’ll continue ’till you receive further orders from Genel Foreman of Monmouth [County; after you have procur’d the Pilots], & sent them forward to Baskenridge, I shou’d think it best for you to come by the way of Head Quarters, where you may receive any further Instructions you think necessary. As you’ll naturally conjecture the reasons for this application, I must enjoin upon you not [to mention] your thoughts to any body, and as much as possible to prevent the Pilots you engage making known their business. I am your Most Humble Servant
PWacD: Sol Feinstone Collection.