Philada 20th Decemr 1781.
Altho’ it seems probable that matters will remain tolerably quiet in New York for the remainder of the season; yet it may not be amiss to keep a Channel of intelligence open, that if any thing material should occur we may have the earliest information—You will therefore be pleased to take measures for the purpose. The principal thing to attend to, will be any movement of Troops and their destination. There is a Chain of Expresses from Morris town to this place, by which you may communicate. I am &c.
DLC: Papers of George Washington.