Head Quarters Col. Deys Bergen County 4th July 1780
I have received your letter of the 3d.
While you continue on the [present] command you will be pleased to turn your attention to the protection of the country and the affected to possess the pass at the entrance of the Clove and prevent the inroads and robberies of the tories or Refugees. you will also make a survey of the road from Ringwood to Juans’ and make such repairs as it may want.
With respect to Lt Welp’s tryal it has not yet come before me, and as to your Major’s it will not be delayed beyond its proper place—I have heard nothing of the matter to which you allude, nor is it necessary to anticipate on the subject, till you can be well assured of the steps best to be pursued. I am Sir &c.
P.S. in case of a movement of the enemy the pass at the clove which you are particularly to attend to, is to be defended to the last extremity.
DLC: Papers of George Washington.