Stony Point 27th june 1780
I have Such intelligence as makes it [seem] that [No doubt] the Enemy took this way, tho’ not having had it from my most authentic sources I can not speak of it positively—I wish they may Attempt it with all my heart, Contest becomes requisite some where, the carolina Debt shoud be paid off, and West Point seems to be a good Bank to Draw upon, may it answer their Draughts I pray God[.] I have communicated your orders to Captains Bannister, & Benson Comm[drs] at Stony & Verplanks Points, they are Brave and discreet, & I doubt n[ot] their proper conduct. they Look’d Hurt by the Idea of Relinquishing, and will not do it improperly I am [ ]. I am my Dear General with the Most Sincere Respect and affection Your Excellency’s Most Obt Humble Serva[nt]
DLC: Papers of George Washington.