To Baron von Steuben
[Whippany, New Jersey, June 25, 1780]
The enemy the day before yesterday made a forward movement to Springfield which they burnt and retired to Elizabeth Town point. The same evening they crossed over to Staten Island and there are a great many concurring circumstances which make it probable we shall next hear of them on the North River. As you are at West Point, The General wishes you to remain there till the present appearances come to some result. He has confidence in your judgment and wishes you to give your advice and assistance to the Commanding Officer. As you have no command in the post, you can only do this in a private friendly way; but I dare say, General Howe1 will be happy to consult you.
You will consider this as a private letter in which I rather convey you the General’s wishes than his commands.
I have the honor to be Very Respectfully & Affectionately Your most hum ser
All the army is in march towards you and will be at Pompton this Evening.
ALS, New-York Historical Society, New York City.
1. Major General Robert Howe who was in command at West Point.