Poughkeepsie 18th April 1780
Previous to the receipt of your Excellency’s Letter of the 5th Instant I had the honor of conferring with Genl Howe on the Measures necessary to be taken for drawing forth the Militia to his Assistance in case of a sudden Attempt against the Posts in the Highlands and orders were issued to them—agreable to the Plan agreed on. The Militia of Orange County were, on the Signals of alarm being given, to have repaired to West Point; But I have now agreable to your Excellency’s Request directed them, in case of any capital movement of the Enemy into New Jersey, to rendezvous at Clark’s Town and Kakiate and govern themselves agreable to the Directions contained in your Excellency’s Letter. I have the honor to be with the most perfect Respect and Esteem Your Excellency’s most Obedient Servant.
DLC: Papers of George Washington.