Head Quarters Orange Town 13th August 1780
Your Letter of Yesterday, with the enclousures has this moment come to hand by Express.
You are undoubtedly right in your conjecture of he Author of the Letter addressed to Major DeLanay, the contents of which were suggested to him for communication.
Nothwithstanding any indiscretion of the person in question, he may be employed to valuable purposes and I am sufficiently apprised of the circumstances, to prevent his doing any injury.
At the same time I applaud your zeal & attention in attempting to detect the intercourse; I wish him to be suffered to pursue the line of conduct he is now prosecuting—And that by keeping the late matter to yourself as far as practicable, this plan may not be frustrated. I am with esteem Your Most Obedt Hble Servt
DLC: Papers of George Washington.