Croton River 27th Jany 1783
The letter herewith inclosed, came to Newbridge yesterday by a Corporal of the 17th British Dragoons as a Flag under the Passport from Brigadier General Musgrave commanding at Kings bridge, as I was at Pinesbridge, Captain Allen, who commanded the two Companies at Newbridge, receivd the letter from the Corporal, as a Flag and forwarded the same to me—had I been present I should Neither received the letter, or treated the person conducting it as under the sanction of a Flag.
I ordered the Corporal to return immediately to the British Lines, noting at the bottom of the passport, that no person under the Idea of a Flag of truce, would be received in futer on the Croton, unless conducted by a commissioned Officer.
I hope my conduct in this instance will meet with the approbation of the Commander in Chief. I am Sir your very [humble] Servt
Lem. Trescott Major
7 M. Rg.
P.S. I have a number of Newspapers, but they contain nothing, but extracts from our papers, & did not think them worth sending.
DLC: Papers of George Washington.