To Lieutenant Colonel John Taylor
West-point Augt 12th 79.
Your favor of the 7th came to my hands about an hour ago by Mr Garrison1 with whom I have had a good deal of conversation and think his scheme, if it can be brought to bear, is a very good one—He will relate to you the substance of our discourse, which will save me a recital of it. I have only to request the favor of you to give it yr aid and that you will be so good as to fix a compensation (reasonable & just) to the services of the Parties who become the instruments of this intelligence.2 With esteem & regard I am Sir Yr most Obedt Sert
ADfS, DLC:GW; Varick transcript, DLC:GW.
1. This letter has not been found.