To Captain John Stokes1
Hd. Qrs. [Middlebrook, New Jersey] Feby 16 1779
As there are some appearances of an intended movement among the enemy and as they may possibly be encouraged to make some attempt while the exhibition at Pluckimin on thursday is going on,2 expecting to find our attention much engrossed by that object—It is His Excellencys particular desire that you keep a more vigilant look out than usual on that day and night and part of the day following, and if you discover any thing, to give immediate notice to Hd. Qrs. to General Maxwell & to the Hospital at Brunswick.
You will observe the instructions sent you by the Adjutant General on the appearance of an enemy.
I am Sir Yr Most Obedt serv
Alex Hamilton Aide De Camp
ADfS, George Washington Papers, Library of Congress.
1. On the same date, similar letters were sent to Colonel Abraham Buford (Beaufort on MS) and Captain Bartholomew von Heer. Both letters are unsigned drafts in writing of John Laurens, and both are located in the George Washington Papers, Library of Congress.
2. On February 18, 1779, a celebration in honor of the French Alliance was held at the winter quarters at Pluckamin, New Jersey.