To Colonel George Baylor
Head Quarters [Fredericksburg] 22d Septr 1778
Your letter of the 20th Inst. I had the pleasure of receiving yesterday.
I would wish you to ascertain with as much precision as possible the number of troops that imbark, and the time of their departure from New york, with what other circumstances can be gained respecting them. For this purpose you will use every means in your power, and transmit the result of the enquiry to me with all expedition. I am Sir your most obt Servt
p.s. you will keep a careful and constant look out on the north river, and should you observe any number of transports in motion this way, you will give the earliest notice possible to the commander at west point.
LS, in James McHenry’s writing, sold by Sotheby’s, New York, item 116, 5 June 1996.