Hd Qrs May 30th 1780
I am directed by His Excely to request that you will be pleased, on the arrival of the Marquis’s Baggage at Fish Kill to furnish Monsr Capitaine who has the charge of it, with a Guard. As a letter will be lodged with Colo. Hay for this Gentn directing him to come on with the baggage and the Villains between this & the North River have commenced, their Robberies it may not be safe, to send less than a Commissioned Officer & Twenty Men with it. I am Yr Mo. Obet humle.
R. K. Meade A.D.C.
P.S. I take the liberty to inclose the letter for Colo. Hay —& beg that it may be forwarded to him the first opportunity.
DLC: Papers of George Washington.