Head Quarters 11th Augt 1780
I have received your letter from North castle with its inclosures.
I am very much pleased that the correspondence with C. is again opened. I have the greatest dependence in his good intentions, and I am persuaded when he pleases to exert himself he can give the most useful intelligence. The shorter the line of communication, so much the better.
With respect to the proposed incursion, I do not think it adviseable under present circumstances. Although the enemy appear to be in small dispersed parties yet the risque in an attempt more than counterbalances the advantage which might be obtained. I am Dr Sir Your obt servt