Camp August 30th 1780
Your Excellency Letter of this date I have received, and shall immediately give the orders necessary for Sustaining the Guards at Spiten devil landing and the two Closters. Major Guchiens’s Militia are a fine body of Men and may be of great use in Sustaining the Guards at the two last places; by the last public orders they were annexed to the Marquiss de la fyate’s Command, wherefore they may have some doubt about receiveing orders from me, to prevent a possibility of their mistakeing their distination, would it not be best for your Excellency to send them orders that in Case of an Alarm at the two Closters, they immediately go to the Assistance of the Guards there? with the Greatest Respect I am your Excellencys Most Humble Servt
DLC: Papers of George Washington.