To Major General William Heath
Head Quarters [West Point] 20th October 1779
I am always willing to encourage a spirit of enterprize when any thing can be effected without a probability of much loss or danger. If any Officer is willing to undertake the matter you mention, I have no objection. Much will depend upon the fidelity of the party, for if one deserts he endangers and perhaps defeats the whole.1 The intelligence given by the Horseman comports with that of the Deserter who came in this day. I am Dear Sir Yr most obt Servt
LS, in Tench Tilghman’s writing, MHi: Heath Papers; Df, DLC:GW; Varick transcript, DLC:GW.
1. Heath did not undertake this operation; the British evacuated their fortifications at Verplanck Point, N.Y., on 21 October.